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Maharashtra’s two-child norm

Date: 29 April 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws


A Maharashtra government employee was removed from service for violating the two child policy initiated for public servants.



The Maharashtra government has the Maharashtra Civil Services (Declaration of Small Family) rules that make officers to have maximum two children.



  • Provisions under Maharashtra Civil Services (Declaration of Small Family) Rule of 2005 define small family as husband, wife and two children.

  • Individuals having more than two children after 2005 are not eligible for employment with the Maharashtra government.

  • The government refused to give relaxation to the employee citing misleading information. The individual has been removed from government service immediately.


Two children norm

  • Maharashtra is one of the few states that have a provision for two children for getting government jobs and also contesting some local election.

  • Other states such as Gujarat, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Assam also have similar provisions.

  • The small family norm makes additional essential requirement for individuals applying for government posts in Group A, B, C, D categories.



  • Individual employee having more than two children on the date of introduction of the rule (March 28, 2005), will not be disqualified for appointment.

  • If more than one child is born in a single delivery such a case will not be termed as violation and no disqualification will be applied.

  • Similarly, these provisions are only for biological children and do not apply to adopted child of an individual.

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