The current population of India is more than one billion and it is the 7th largest country. With an increased population, India is set to surpass China and become the most populous country by 2027.
A United Nations report states that in 2050 the Earth will be home to 9.7 billion people and by 2100 the number will increase to 11 billion. India will hold a massive population 10 times higher than America despite the fact that it is one-third the size of the US.
The UN report also states that the population will grow at a steady pace compared to what was predicted two years ago.
In a recent development, the Assam Cabinet last Monday approved a policy, emphasizing the fact that from January 2021, people with more than 2 children will be ineligible for a government job, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) added in a statement.
“In a revolutionary move, the Cabinet approved Two-Child norms and Prohibition of Child Marriage Act norms for entry and continuation in govt service,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s office tweeted Tuesday.
A senior government official has also alerted that if the serving state government employee has a third child after January 2021, she/he could face disciplinary actions.
KK Dwivedi, Commissioner, and Secretary, Assam Government in-charge of Personnel Department added: “We have made new rules, that anyone who has a third child after January 1, 2021, will not be eligible for a state government job and if any of the serving state government employees have a third child after January 2021, he/she could face disciplinary proceedings as per the service rules,” Dwivedi said. Even those who have opted for child marriage will also not be eligible, he added.
The two-child rule follows the State Population and Women Empowerment Policy of 2017 which stated that “candidates having two children only will be eligible” and “Government servants shall strictly follow norms of two children family to serve as a role model for the Society.”
The state had earlier passed the Assam Panchayat (Amendment) Act, 2018, which barred anyone with more than 2 children from contesting panchayat elections.
Aminul Islam, General Secretary of the AIUDF said “We oppose this move. It is no way to control the birth rate. There are two reasons for high fertility rate, poverty, and illiteracy. The government should address them first. Three communities are impacted by high fertility rate, the scheduled tribes, the schedules caste and Muslims,”.
It should be noted that according to government figures, Assam has a total fertility rate of 2.3 which is equal to the average of India.
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