Chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said, “While Uttar Pradesh has taken a legislation route to bring in population control measures, in Assam already we have adopted a resolution for population control in state assembly.”
He said that while in case of basic government schemes everyone will be allowed, however in case of some schemes population norms or two child policy will come into play. Like If we start a housing scheme it will open to two child norms.”
He said that there will be an announcement pertaining to population policy, sterilisation in the state budget
The BJP led government will present the budget on July 16. The chief minister said that the government will act against marriage by deceit or fraud. “We will bring a law to this effect. This is one of the commitments of our manifesto.”
With emphasis on the population control, Assam government after discussion with Muslim intellectuals has decided to formed eight sub committees which lay down a roadmap for holistic development of the community in next five years.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday last engaged in discussion with 150 indigenous Muslim intellectuals. The government will have similar discussions with minority students’ organisations, religious leaders and Bengali speaking Muslims.
After the meeting, the chief minister told media persons, “I have met about 150 intellectuals, we have discussed various issues of Indigenous Muslims who have a rich cultural heritage, the meeting has emphasised that uniqueness of indigenous Assamese Muslims should be protected and however in the broader landscape that population explosion in some part of Assam has posed a real threat for the development of Assam more particularly in economic sense.”
He added, “If we have to come among top five state in country we have to manage our population explosion however, to achieve that we have emphasised that eight sub-groups will be constituted which will work on front like health, education, population stabilisation, cultural identity, financial inclusion and skill development, they will make a report within three months and again meet to make a road map”.
The chief minister said, “We will hold similar discussions with Muslims of East Bengal origin (Bengali speaking Muslims) in a couple of days. There is a distinct cultural difference between these two as there is difference of culture and language and we respect that.”
Muslims comprise 34% of the 3.12 crore population of Assam, of which 4% are indigenous Assamese Muslims and the remaining are mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims. The BJP led government in Assam had earlier proposed the creation of a development board for indegenious Muslims communities Goria, Moria, Deshi and Jolah.