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Supreme Court Validates Rajasthan’s Two-Child Rule

Why is it in the news?

  • The Supreme Court has upheld a rule in Rajasthan barring individuals with more than two children from joining the police force.

More about the news

  • Rule 24(4) of the Rajasthan Police Subordinate Service Rules, 1989, mandates a maximum limit of two children per candidate.
  • The rule applies to both male candidates with more than one living wife and those with more than two children on or after June 1, 2002.
  • The court has deemed this rule as non-discriminatory and constitutional.
  • “Population control and family planning” is a subject on the concurrent list, allowing both the Centre and the states to legislate on it.
  • Several states, including Rajasthan, have enacted laws promoting the two-child policy to address population growth.
·       In the case of Javed vs. the State of Haryana, the Supreme Court upheld the Haryana Municipal (Second Amendment) Act, 1994, affirming the two-child policy for holding offices of sarpanch or up-sarpanch in the state.

·       The Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, disqualifies individuals with more than two children from contesting elections as a panch or a member.

·       The Odisha Zilla Parishad Act, 1991, also bars those with more than two children from contesting.

·       The Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment) Act, 1962, disqualifies individuals with more than two children from contesting elections for local self-governance bodies such as panchayats, municipalities, and municipal corporations.

 

 

 

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