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Behind Assam Draft on Two-children Policy, An RSS Resolution from 2015

Representative image.

Representative image.

Dr Krishna Gopal was chosen to explain to the media the resolution passed by the RSS National Executive on ‘imbalance in the population growth'.

New Delhi: RSS joint general secretary Dr Krishna Gopal has spent well over a decade in the North East. The full-time pracharak from Mathura was thus chosen to explain to the media the resolution passed by the RSS National Executive on ‘imbalance in the population growth'.

"If religion prevents one from opting for family planning norms, we must go by the nationalist spirit and formulate a policy keeping under consideration the available resources of the country," Dr Krishna Gopal told a motely group of journalists. The resolution delved into the demographics of Assam.


All this happened almost a year-and-a-half ago in Ranchi where the RSS top brass met for three days just before Diwali of 2015.

Since then, the BJP has registered an emphatic victory in Assam — and a resounding victory at that.

The population imbalance was also discussed in the RSS general body meet at Nagaur in 2016 and the one held last month at Coimbatore.

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Perhaps taking a cue from the RSS resolution passed in Ranchi, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswasarma announced on Sunday the draft population policy for the state stipulating any person with more than two children will not be eligible for any government job.

"We have suggested that the two-children norm will be applicable also in employment generation schemes like giving tractors, proving homes and other government benefits. Those with more than two children will not be eligible for all government schemes. This norm will be applicable in panchayat, municipal bodies and autonomous councils’ elections too," the Assam minister said.


He added that any person who gets a government job after meeting the norms will have to maintain it till end of service.

"We have suggested making all facilities like fees, transportation, books and hostel fees free for all girls. We are hoping that it will encourage girls to complete their education," he said.

Interestingly, in the last one year, a non-descript NGO formed in 2016 has quietly started to build a campaign for a nationwide population policy. The Taxpayers Association of India has been pushing a hash tag #bharat4populationlaw on social media.

Some videos posted by the organisation detail the taxpayers’ money spent on population control “which have borne little or no result”.

The idea, it seems, is to link population control with taxpayers’ contribution to the state exchequer for government schemes and programmes.

"It is a nationwide campaign which we plan to ratchet up to the next level in the coming months,” said Manu Gaur, President of Taxpayers Association of Bharat (TAXAB). "But I must make it clear that we are not associated with any organisation or a party.”


The Assam experiment, though would be closely watched both for its implementation and reactions; a pilot project of sorts.
first published:April 10, 2017, 13:10 IST