The Assam Government has decided to start a population control policy. With the implementation of these new norms, people with more than two children will not be eligible for the Assam Government’s scheme, said CM Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“Whether it is a waiver of loans or government schemes, we are going to implement the population norms in the near future.”
However, this policy will not include all the schemes as at the moment many benefits are offered by the central government.
“There are some schemes for which we cannot impose the two-child policy, like availing free admission in schools and colleges, or houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana.
“But, in case of some schemes, say if a housing scheme is launched by the state government, the two-child norm can be introduced. Slowly in later stages, the population norm will come in every state government scheme,” he added.
In 2019, the Assam government had decided that people with more than two children will not be eligible for government jobs.
“Those with more than two children would not be considered for government jobs from January 1, 2021,” the state government had maintained.
On June 10, Sarma had spoken about recent evictions in three districts and urged the minority community to adopt “decent family planning policy” for population control to reduce poverty, which leads to shrinking of living space and consequent land encroachment.