Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday (June 18) announced the gradual implementation of the two-child policy for availing government benefits in Assam. However, tea garden workers and members of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities have been exempted from its purview.
"We will gradually incorporate a two-child policy for availing government benefits. You can consider this an announcement," the Chief Minister said.
Mentioning that the new population norms would affect the eligibility for government benefits, including waiver of loans, Sarma said, "Be it loan waiver or other government schemes, population norms will be taken into account. It won't apply to tea garden workers and the SC-ST community. In the future, population norms will be taken into account as eligibility for government benefits. Population policy has begun."
The Assam government had approved a proposal to render people having more than two children ineligible for government jobs from January 1, 2021.