Guwahati: Raising concern about the rising population in the state, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday straightway claimed that rise in population in the state will lead to a major conflict in the state; hence, urged the leaders of the minority community to persuade people to practice a decent family planning policy.
Addressing the media here in Guwahati, CM Sarma also claimed that the Government of Assam will not allow encroachers to settle in forest lands, satra lands, or temple lands in the state at any cost.
CM Sarma also suggested the leaders of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) to give a thought on the issue, or else one day encroachers will occupy the lands in Kamakhya, which will not be acceptable to another section of people.
“Will have to minimize the conflict situation in the state, therefore, instead of criticizing the government at every step, all must practice for a decent family planning policy,” said CM Sarma.
CM Sarma also hailed the Bodo, Mising and other indigenous communities of Assam for practicing a decent family planning policy in the last 20 years.
These tribal communities had adopted a different lifestyle to live with the forests in order to safeguard and create more of forests lands. Thus, the Assam Government will also expedite to allot (patta) lands in forest regions to the plain tribe communities of the state, stated CM Sarma.
“Assam Government will take few more steps to encourage population control and I want to work on this with AAMSU and AIUDF this problem. There must be an immediate introspection. We need the support of the communities,” added CM Sarma.
The chief minister also claimed that writing pro-liberal articles against the Government will not solve the condition of the poor people in the state. “There must an approach of educating the Muslim women in the state and raise awareness regarding the population explosion. The government will be there for all the organizations and leaders to support women’s education and reducing poverty. But, poverty will never be reduced unless there is a control in population,” CM Sarma added further.