Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday urged the minority community i.e. Muslims to adopt a “civilized family planning policy” for population control to reduce poverty. The Chief Minister, on the occasion of the completion of 30 days of his government, said that all the stakeholders of the community should come forward and support the government in reducing the poverty in the community, which is mainly due to the continuous increase in population.
He said, “Government is the protector of all poor people, but it needs the support of minority community to tackle the issue of population growth which is the root cause of poverty, illiteracy and lack of proper family planning.” Sarma said that his government would work towards educating the women of the community so that the problem could be dealt with effectively.
He said that the government cannot allow encroachment on temple, Satra and forest land. Members of the minority community have also assured the government that they do not want encroachment on these lands. The Chief Minister urged the leaders of the minority community to introspect and encourage people to practice population control.
Let us tell you that Himanta Biswa Sarma has recently taken oath as the Chief Minister of Assam. Prior to this, he was the Minister of Education and Health in the Sonowal-led government. Sarma, as education minister, had decided to shut down madrassas in the state.