Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday claimed that the population growth rate amongst the Muslim community as per the 2001 and 2011 census report remained static at 29%, however, the population growth rate in the Hindu community declined from 16% in 2001 to 10% in 2011.
CM Sarma also claimed that there was a decline in Muslim population growth from 1991 to 2001. “In 1991, the Muslim population growth rate was 34% whereas; Hindu population growth rate was 19%. So, 1991 to 2001, there was a decline in population growth rate in Muslim community from 34% to 29%,” said CM Sarma.
The chief minister also quoting a national daily report in the assembly session said that they had reported in the year 2016 that in Assam Muslim population growth rate in Assam is the highest in the country, which is 29%.
CM Sarma also mentioned that the lifestyle of the Hindus in Assam has changed after declining in population growth to 10%. Against that, with 29% population growth rate amongst the Muslim community has compelled them to encroach in forest lands and government lands, said the chief minister in the house session.
The chief minister also suggested that there should be a maximum expansion in education amongst the Muslim girls in the state along with development in the health sector.
The chief minister further mentioned that in order to avail a decent lifestyle, there should be another 5% to 6% decline in the population growth rate in the state.
Meanwhile, during the question hour of the ongoing state assembly, Assam education minister Ranoj Pegu recently informed that the state government has taken up a process to establish nine women colleges in minority-dominated areas of the state.
In reply to a question asked by Congress MLA from Boko constituency, Nandita Das, in the ongoing Assembly session, the minister also informed that the nine women colleges will be set up in Chenga under Barpeta district, Sonai in Cachar district, Jaleswar in Goalpara district, Mangaldoi in Darrang district, Karimganj town in Karimganj district, Hailakandi in Hailakandi district, Golakganj in Dhubri district, Bilasipara in Dhubri district and Batadrava in Nagaon district.
Of the nine women colleges, land allotment letters for seven colleges have already been issued, the minister informed further.