- Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked the Muslim community to adopt population control
- Himanta Biswa Sarma also expressed willingness to work with Muslim organizations
- Sarma said his government would work on educating women from the minority community
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked the migrant Muslim community of the state to adopt a rational policy of population control. It has been only a month since Sarma became the Chief Minister of the state. Sarma also expressed his desire to work closely with Muslim organizations.
Himanta Biswa Sarma
‘Lack of family planning is a big reason’
He said, “The government is the protector of all poor people but it needs the cooperation of the minority community to tackle the issue of population growth. Population growth Poverty, illiteracy are the main reasons and this is due to lack of proper family planning.
‘Government will not allow encroachment of land’
Sarma said that his government would work towards educating women from the minority community so that the problem could be effectively tackled. Referring to the recent move to free the encroached land allegedly by minority community people in three districts of the state, Sarma said the government cannot allow encroachment of temples, sanctuaries and forest land.
34.22% Muslims in Assam
The Chief Minister requested the community leaders to introspect and motivate the people for population control. According to the 2011 census, Muslims constitute 34.22 percent of the 3.12 crore population of Assam and they form a majority in many districts. At the same time, Christians constitute 3.74 percent and Sikh, Buddhist and Jain communities have less than one percent of the population.
Himanta Biswa Sarma (File photo)