Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has given a big statement. He said that the parents of more than two children in the state may be deprived of the benefits of government schemes. Sarma said the proposed population control policy would not be implemented immediately in all the schemes in Assam as many schemes are run by the central government.
“There are some schemes in which we cannot implement the two-child policy, such as free education in schools and colleges or housing under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. But in some schemes, like if the state government starts a housing scheme, the rule of two children can be applied. Gradually it will be implemented in every scheme of the state government.
The chief minister criticized the opposition for targeting his parents for the size of the family. Sarma belongs to a family of five brothers. He said, ‘There is no point in talking about what our parents or other people did in the 1970s. The opposition is saying such strange things and taking us back to the 70s.
Sarma, on June 10, spoke about the recent evictions in three districts and urged the minority community to adopt a ‘compassionate family planning policy’ for population control to reduce poverty. Sarma had blamed the migrant Muslim community for having large families, which drew sharp reactions from various quarters, including the AIUDF.
The Chief Minister also said that All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal appreciated the importance being given to women’s education, which is related to population control. He said, ‘Badruddin Ajmal met me yesterday. He appreciated the importance being given by us to women’s education.
Assam currently has the criteria of two children with minimum educational qualification and functional sanitary toilet requirements to contest panchayat elections as per an amendment in the Assam Panchayat Act, 1994 in 2018.