Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has appealed to Muslims of the State to adopt a ‘decent family planning policy’ for population control. Himanta Biswa Sarma, who completed his first month in the chief minister’s office, has said that population is the root cause of every social menace and if that is controlled, many issues will automatically be resolved.“We want to work more for the minority Muslim community to reduce population burden. We want to work together so that population in the state is controlled. Population is the main root of social menace like poverty, land encroachment and we can reduce this social menace if population is reduced,” Sarma said. “It had already been rolled out substantially with the two-child norm during the panchayat, cooperative and municipal elections. We are working on it,” he added.
CM Himanta Appeal to Special Community
Completing 30 days of his government, Himanta Biswa Sarma appealed to all stakeholders to come forward and back the government in reducing social menaces. He further said that the BJP government in Assam will focus on educating Muslim women so that the problem can be addressed effectively.
The Assam chief minister also said that his government will not allow anyone to encroach on Satras, Namghars, holy places, forest lands and the leaders of the community have assured the government that they do not seek encroachment in these places. The Assam government has started eviction drives in many parts of the state to recover the Satras, holy places and forest lands from encroaches. Meanwhile, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has slammed CM Himanta Biswa Sarma over his remarks and alleged that the CM has intentionally targeted Muslims.
CHILLING FIGURES OF MUSLIM GROWTH IN ASSAM
Muslim percentage have increased from 12.4% in 1901 to 40.03% in 2021 census (which is a sharp rise of 27.63% for past 120 years). The estimated Muslim population of Assam for upcoming 2021 census is 14.02 million out of 36.54 million total population, making up 40.03% of the state population.