He said he is meeting over 150 muslim intellectuals to discuss this issue threadbare on July 4.
When asked that his population control proposal has evoked strong reactions, he told media persons on Tuesday, “There is no reactions from Muslim people rather the two factions of All Assam Minority Students Union have met me twice in last one month and openly welcome and said that Muslim population in Assam needs population control measures.
He said,” I am meeting lot of Muslim intellectual in the month of July and I am sure that they will support state government policies as this is the only way through which poverty and illiteracy can be eradicated from the Muslim minorities of Assam.”
The chief minister added, “On 4th July we have invited 150 Muslim intellectual. Later I will have intensive discussion with various socio political organisation of Muslim community. This is for the welfare of Muslim community and I do not think that there is any resistance to it.”
Sarma said that population control has two parts, incentive and disincentive. “Incentive we are discussing and disincentive is like not being able to contest Panchayat elections and not being able to get government jobs.”
When asked how serious is the population growth of Muslim community, the chief minister said that as per the 2001 and 2011 Census, Muslim population has grown by 29 percent whereas Hindu population has come down from 22 percent to 16 percent and further reduced to 10 percent. From this one can make out a difference between 10 and 22 percent. It depends upon interpretation.”
He said that it is not proper to associate a particular community with instances of rape. “ Rape is crime which is done by people of both Hindu and Muslim communities and it is wrong to associated the same with a particular community.”
Sarma had earlier stated, “We are there to support the education of minority women and reduction of poverty. Poverty can be reduced with controlling the population. Population policy is already in place and will come into effect soon. There are two child norms in the panchayat.”
He said, “We can do away lot of maladies if immigrant muslim adopt a decent family planning norms.
Muslims comprise 34% of the 3.12 crore population of Assam, of which 4% areindigenous Assamese Muslims and the remaining are mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims. Muslim votes are a determining factor in at least 30-35 assembly seats.
Earlier speaking at the BJP’s state executive meeting, the chief minister said that around 60 to 70 percent of Assam’s eligible population will be vaccinated by July. “State government has in the last 45 days recovered illegal drugs worth Rs 150 Crore. There is a complete halt to cattle smuggling in the state.”