On Monday, the Assam Cabinet decided that no government jobs will be provided to persons having more than two children after January 1, 2021.
The critical decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held late Monday evening that also chose a New Land Policy, which will give three bighas of agricultural land to landless native people and half a bigha for building a house.
A communique from Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s public relations cell stated that those having more than two children would not be regarded for government jobs with effect from January 1, 2021, as per the small family norm.
In September 2017, the Assam Assembly had passed the ‘Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam’ that specified that job applicants with two children only would be suitable for government employment. Also, the existing government staff were to follow the two children’s family norms strictly.
“New Land Policy was adopted. Three bighas of land will be given to landless indigenous people. Landless people will be offered half a bigha to construct their houses. These cannot be sold for 15 years,” the CMO statement said.
The Cabinet meeting also chose to raise the bus fares in the state by 25%, it added.