Two Child norm for Government Job in Assam
The Assam government announced on Sunday 9th April 2017, a draft population policy which suggested denial of government jobs (sarkari naukri) to people with more than two children and making education up to university level free for all girls in the state.
"This is a draft population policy. We have suggested that people having more than two children will not be eligible for any government jobs," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said at a press conference.
Any person getting a job after meeting this condition will have to maintain it till end of his service, he added.
"For employment generation schemes like giving tractors, offering homes and others government benefits, this two-children norm will be applicable. Besides, all elections such as panchayats, municipal bodies and autonomous councils held under the state election commission will also have this norm for candidates," Sarma said.
Sarma further said the proposed population policy will seek to debate on increasing the legal age of marriage from 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys.
If anybody has child marriage then he will be ineligible for government job, the minister said.
The minister also said he will consider including a provision for giving 50 per cent reservation to women in government jobs and elections.
"Till July, we will seek public suggestions. Then it will go to the Assembly for debate and adopting a resolution. We have to go step by step and we are in no hurry. This is the long-term thing that BJP had promised in the Vision Document," Sarma said.
Service rules of 48 departments will have to be amended for adopting the proposed policy, he said, adding it will take at least three years and he will be happy if the policy takes the final shape by next Assembly polls in 2021.
Though similar policy is already in practice in many states, it is first time to link it with the age of marriage.