Assam will form a “population army” to sensitize Muslims to population control: CM Himanta Biswa

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday (July 19) that the government would create a “population army” of young people to raise awareness of population control in areas dominated by Muslims.

In addition to sensitization, the young people will inform about the measures that can be considered, such as voluntary sterilization, the distribution of contraceptives, etc., especially in the region of Bas Assam, NDTV reported. According to the report, the army is made up of nearly 1,000 young people from the char chapori (river sandbanks).

Labor separate from ASHA workers

In addition, the government is also eager to train a separate workforce of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) to explain the use of contraceptives, birth controls, etc.

Muslim population doubles Hindus

Speaking to the assembly, the minister detailed the population explosion in the west and center of the state. He said parts of western, lower and central Assam needed to be educated on population reduction.

He said the population rate among Muslims was double the state’s Hindu population. Due to the small population, Hindus started to have a better way of life, to have spacious houses and vehicles, he added.

“While the population growth among Hindus in Assam was 10 percent from 2001 to 2011, it was 29 percent among Muslims,” the minister said.

Previously, the state government had proposed to impose a limit of two children on couples to benefit from government-funded social assistance schemes.

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