Policy Issues

Marginalising further

Print edition : May 26, 2017

Tiwa children with an old woman in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. A human development survey has revealed that about 65 per cent of the rural households in the State do not possess any agricultural asset such as ploughs, bullock carts or farm equipment. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

Pijush Hazarika, Member of the Legislative Assembly, takes stock of the situation in Pholihamari char in the middle of the Brahmaputra river in Morigaon district of Assam on June 25, 2016. Population groups in the char areas, tea belts and tribal areas of the State are some of the intended beneficiaries of the draft population policy. Photo: Ritu Raj Konwar

The provisions in Assam’s draft population policy may further reduce the share of certain groups in government employment and push a large number of the poor out of the social safety net.
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