The Assam government has planned to bring legislation for a two-child policy in the next Assembly budget session which will start from 12 July.
The legislation for the two-child policy will be criteria to get government jobs and to avail benefits from state-sponsored welfare schemes.
Assam Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Pijush Hazarika, said the state government was working on the legislation to find out ways to implement the two-child policy on government jobs, government welfare schemes, etc. But nothing has been finalized, he informed.
“We are planning, but a lot of things need to be done. We are thinking about how it will be implemented. The population policy has already started in Assam and it was implemented in panchayat elections during the tenure of the last Assam government. Now we are planning to implement the policy in government jobs, government’s beneficiary schemes,” Pijush Hazarika said.
“Last assembly session was only the vote of account session because of the Assembly Election. The budget session will commence on 12 July for one month and some new legislation will come in this session. But, finalization of modalities of the new legislation is yet to be done,” the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.
The Assembly of Assam had earlier passed the “Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam” in September 2017.
The Assam government has already implemented the two-child norms policy in the panchayat and other local bodies’ elections under which anyone with more than two children can’t be elected or nominated.
The two-child policy and the rhetoric surrounding it have faced criticism that it targets the Muslim population in Assam of Bangladeshi origin.
In the last two assembly polls that the BJP has won, the party has relied heavily on the narrative that it has to protect the indigenous communities of Assam against the illegal migrants.
The proposed population control policy will, however, not be applicable in all the schemes in Assam immediately as many of the benefits are offered by the central government.Some backward communities like the tea tribe, who work in the tea gardens, would be exempted from this policy, a top official said.