The Assam government has announced a population policy under which any candidate with more than two children will not be eligible for government jobs.
The policy, which is part of the ruling BJP’s vision document for the state, is viewed as the party’s attempt to control family sizes of Bengali-speaking Muslim immigrants.
The draft population policy also says that the government is also mulling a legislation under which people with more than two children will be barred from taking part in panchayat and municipal body elections. The policy also aims to make government facilities, services and employment unavailable for people married before the age of 18 years.
The country has a two-child norm, which is rarely followed strictly. Child marriage is banned in India and violation of the legal age — 21 for men, and 18 for women — attracts punishment whenever such incidents are caught.
“As part of legislative measures, the policy proposes that the minimum age for marriage must be made compulsory to receive government facilities such as jobs and services,” said state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, unveiling details of the policy’s draft on Sunday.