- Assam CM holds meeting with more than 150 people from Muslim community
- In the meeting, everyone agreed that population growth is a threat to development.
- Government started exercise to stop population explosion of Assam
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday met over 150 Muslim personalities belonging to different fields. He said that they all agreed that population growth is a threat to development in some parts of the state. Eight sub-groups will be formed with members from the ethnic Muslim community of the state to suggest measures related to the development of minorities.
Sarma said, “Today, I met more than 150 intellectuals, writers, doctors, artists, historians and professors and people from other fields. We discussed various issues related to the minority people of Assam. The Chief Minister said that all those who attended the meeting agreed that population explosion in some parts of Assam is posing a threat to the development of the state. Sarma said, “If Assam wants to become one of the top five states of India then we have to manage our population explosion. Everyone agreed on this point.’
Report will be presented in three months
The Assam CM also said that the government would constitute eight sub-groups consisting of people from the state’s ethnic Muslim community, who would submit a report in the next three months on the development of the community. Sarma said, “After the report, a draft will be prepared for the development of the people belonging to the minority community.” We will work as per the draft in the next five years.
‘I will meet with migrant Muslims’
The Chief Minister also said that the next round of meetings would include political leaders and student organizations belonging to the minority community. He said, “In the next few days, I will be meeting with migrant Muslims or those Muslims whose origin is from East Bengal… There is a distinct cultural difference between the two Muslim communities (native to the state and belonging to East Bengal). And we respect that.’