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Maharashtra’s two-child norm for govt employees

Topics Covered: Women related issues.

Maharashtra’s two-child norm for govt employees:


A woman officer from the Maharashtra Prison Department was dismissed from service after an inquiry revealed that she violated the Maharashtra Civil Services (Declaration of Small Family) rules because she suppressed the information from the authorities that she has three children.

What is the ‘two children’ service rule for Maharashtra government employees?

The Maharashtra Civil Services (Declaration of Small Family) Rule of 2005 defines a small family as wife, husband and two children.

  • It stipulates that a person is not eligible for a job with Maharashtra Government if he or she has more than two children after 2005.
  • The definition of child under these rules does not include adopted children.


Maharashtra is one of the few states in the country that have a ‘two children’ policy for appointment in government jobs or even for the elections of some local government bodies. Other states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Gujarat, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Assam being the latest addition to the list in 2019.


Prelims Link:

  1. Maharashtra’s two child policy.
  2. Applicability.
  3. Exemptions.
  4. Reasonable restrictions.
  5. States with similar laws.

Mains Link:

Discuss the issues associated with the Maharashtra Civil Services (Declaration of Small Family) rules.

Sources: Indian Express.