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Business News/ News / India/  Assam govt employees can't marry second time without permission, says CM Himanta Sarma: 'Even if religion allows'
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Assam govt employees can't marry second time without permission, says CM Himanta Sarma: 'Even if religion allows'

As per Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, the directions are according to the existing rules, which were not enforced earlier, but now the state government has decided to enforce them

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses during a ceremony organised for the distribution of 'no dues certificate' (PTI)Premium
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addresses during a ceremony organised for the distribution of 'no dues certificate' (PTI)

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Friday shared the state government’s latest directive to end polygamy among government employees, saying second marriages when the wife/husband is alive wouldn't be allowed without the state's permission, "even if some religions allow". Himanta Biswa Sarma said the directions are according to the existing rules, which were not enforced earlier, but now the state government has decided to enforce them. The move is seen in line with the Assam government's efforts at banning polygamy.

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"As an Assam government employee, from the point of our service rule, he is not entitled to enter into a second marriage. However, if some religion allows you to do so, even then as per the rule, you have to get permission from the state government. It might give you or may not give you. After the death of the employee, two wives fight with each other over pension issues and we find it very difficult to settle those," Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

"It is hereby reiterated that as per the provisions of Rule 26 of The Assam Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1965. I) No Government servant who has a wife living shall contract another mariage without first obtaining the permission of the Government. notwithstanding that such subsequent marriage is permissible under the personal law for the time being applicable to him. 2) No female Government servant shall marry any person who has a wife living without first obtaining the permission of the Government," a order from Assam's Additional Chief Secretary office said. 

In September this year, Himata Biswa Sarma talked about government plans to introduce a bill in the state assembly that calls for a ban on polygamy, which is the practice of marrying more than one person. The government took suggestions on the proposed move from 149 people, out of which 146 agreed with the government's stand.

Assam government then formed a panel under the chairmanship of Devajit Lon Saikia, Advocate General of Assam to draft legislation banning polygamy. The panel is also tasked with suggesting legislation to tackle other related issues like tackling inter-religious marriage by false identity, the role of Kazis in the matter of Child Marriage, etc.

Assam's crackdown against child marriages

Assam police have launched a crackdown against child marriages in the state with over 3,900 people arrested in the matter. In fresh rounds of arrests starting from 3rd October, more than 1,000 people have been arrested so far under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). "In a massive crackdown against child marriage, Assam Police has arrested over 800 accused persons in a special operation which began in the early hours of dawn. The number of arrests is likely to rise," the chief minister said in a post on X.

The issue has raised political heat in the state with Congress calling it the wrong way to tackle the menace of child marriages. “We do not support the government’s modus operandi. We will gain nothing by taking action against people who were married 5-10 years ago and have children. The drive should be against people married recently," Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed said as per The Hindu.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 27 Oct 2023, 07:12 PM IST
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