Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will hold a meeting with leaders of the minority community to discuss the population issue. He told reporters on 3 July that the meeting will involve 150 Muslim intellectuals.
“During last 1 month, I met both fractions of All Assam Minority Students’ Union and everybody has said that population is a problem and we need to resolve it. In Assam, there is no controversy,” he said.
“They (outside people) don’t understand seriousness of situation and create controversy merely because BJP chief minister has said this. This can’t be a controversy. People should welcome if somebody is trying to eradicate poverty and illiteracy among minority people,” he further said.
Sarma had said last month that his government will introduce a population policy with two-child norm, and will give benefits to families adhering to it.
The chief minister had said that the Muslim community has been growing at a higher rate – 29% (decadal) – in the state than the Hindus – at 10%. Sarma said that he will discuss the population control measures with the leaders of the Muslim community and urge them to spread those.
He had said that the two-child policy is the only way to eradicate poverty and illiteracy in the Muslim community in the state. The chief minister said that there is no resistance from the community.
Himanta Biswa Sarma has bene meeting the leaders of the Muslim community, explaining them the government’s policy. He said organisations like All Assam Minority Students’ Union admitted that Muslims in the state need population control measures.
The state government’s primary objective is to expand health and educational initiatives and check the growth of Muslim population through such steps, Sarma had said.
The Assam chief minister stated that the proposed population control policy will, however, not be applicable in all the schemes in Assam immediately as many of the benefits are offered by the union government.