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Assam news: Assam CM’s appeal to Muslims- adopt family planning only then poverty, illiteracy will be removed

Himanta Biswa Sarma talked about education of Muslim women, population control, eradicating poverty and reducing pressure on land by removing land encroachments. He said that we want to work with the minority Muslim community to control the population explosion.

Highlights:

  • 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

Guwahati
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 on Thursday talked about education of Muslim women, population control, eradication of poverty and reducing pressure on land by removing land encroachments. “We want to work with the minority Muslim community to control the population explosion. Population explosion is at the root of social evils like poverty and land encroachment. If migrant Muslims adopt a rational population policy, we can solve many social problems… this is my appeal to them.’

‘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 Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains make up less than one percent of the population.

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Himanta Biswa Sarma (File photo)

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