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July 28, 2021

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Population control issue should be delinked from politics, says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Inhabitants management concern needs to be delinked from politics, says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma | Information

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday (July 19) known as for delinking the inhabitants management concern from politics and adopting a sensible answer with emphasis on schooling, well being, ending little one marriage and monetary inclusion to resolve the issue among the many minority group, significantly these residing within the Muslim-dominated districts of the state.
It has been accepted by all members of the meeting that inhabitants improve among the many minorities of Decrease and Central Assam is a matter of concern, Sarma claimed throughout a dialogue within the Home initiated by opposition Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed on varied points associated to the minority group of the ‘Char-Chaporis’ (sand bars areas).
Inhabitants explosion is the basis reason behind financial disparities and poverty amongst minority Muslims in Assam.
I spoke at size immediately within the Meeting and sought cooperation of each @INCIndia and @AIUDFOfficial in our pledge to battle #inhabitants explosion for prosperity of all. pic.twitter.com/YgS6FMk5LL
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 19, 2021
Opposition members who participated within the dialogue mentioned that utilizing the difficulty politically wouldn’t resolve the issue however asserted that there shouldn’t be a inhabitants management coverage for Muslims alone.
In response to the 2011 Census, Muslims comprise 34.22 per cent of Assam’s whole inhabitants of three.12 crore and they’re in majority in a number of districts.
To convey down the inhabitants development fee among the many Muslims significantly these settled within the ‘Char-Chaporis’, Ahmed proposed establishing academic institutes, stopping little one marriages, bettering well being and communication companies, offering jobs in authorities and personal sectors primarily based on inhabitants illustration and facilitating simple availability of contraception measures amongst ladies.
The chief minister mentioned that his authorities has no objection to the proposals, besides these associated to offering jobs as this needs to be primarily based on advantage and never inhabitants illustration.
The Home will undertake this decision with none additional debate on Tuesday, he mentioned.
“I’m glad that this proposal has come from a Congress MLA. If it had come from me, individuals would have mentioned I’m doing politics. I thank the opposition member for initiating the dialogue as our inhabitants coverage is just not anti-Muslim however anti-poverty,” Sarma mentioned.
The federal government has already deliberate to nominate 10,000 ASHA staff to distribute contraceptives amongst Muslim ladies and arrange a inhabitants military of 1,000 youths to create consciousness among the many members of the group, Sarma mentioned.
The federal government can be deliberating on rising the marriageable age of ladies to examine little one marriages whereas it has initiated measures for enlargement of academic establishments for ladies and measures could be taken for bettering well being services, communication community and elevated monetary inclusion of girls, he mentioned.
In response to the census information of 2011, the inhabitants development among the many Muslims within the state has declined to 29 per cent from 34 per cent earlier whereas that among the many Hindus has come right down to 10 per cent from 19 per cent.
Sarma mentioned that with the decline in inhabitants development of the Hindus within the state, there was an enchancment of their way of life and schooling degree however, with a 29 per cent development fee, the Muslims are presently in a state of disaster.
“In current instances, we have now seen that because of lack of residing house, many individuals transfer to vacant lands, largely in forest areas, out of compulsion and consequently come into battle with the legislation. Migration to Kerala has additionally elevated inside the group and ladies are lured and compelled into the flesh commerce.
“There may be social pressure inside the group in Decrease and Central Assam however we can not blame the poor. If the expansion fee decreases by one other 5 to 6 per cent, there will probably be no downside,” he mentioned.
On Ahmed’s allegation that Bengal-speaking minority group members weren’t invited to the current discussions that the CM held with members of indigenous Muslims, Sarma mentioned that faith is the one issue frequent between them however they’re completely different as far as their linguistic and cultural traditions are involved.
“We’ve got determined to fulfill each the teams individually and we are going to maintain discussions quickly with the intellectuals and socially acutely aware individuals, not political individuals, of the Muslim-dominated districts,” he mentioned.
He proposed {that a} seven-day examine tour of the MLAs of Higher Assam to Decrease and Central Assam and people from the latter areas to the previous needs to be organised in order that they perceive the issues of one another.
Earlier, Ahmed mentioned that the inhabitants development among the many Muslims within the state is larger however there was a fall within the fertility fee within the final 14 years from 3.6 per cent to 1.3 per cent whereas for the non-Muslims, it has dropped by solely .4 per cent.
Taking part within the dialogue, the Congress’ Jakir Hussain Sikdar mentioned that the issue needs to be tackled with utmost sincerity.
“There needs to be a strict legislation for inhabitants management nevertheless it shouldn’t be for Muslims solely,” Sikdar mentioned.

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