Referring to the recent removal of several families from “encroached land” in three districts of the state, the chief minister had on Thursday appealed to the minority community to adopt the policy. He had said that rising population leads to poverty, limits the area to live in and results in land encroachment.
The state Congress claimed that Sarma’s remarks on the “population explosion” in Assam were “definitely based on misinformation and misleading”, while the All India Democratic Front (AIUDF) claimed that the rate of increase in population was somewhat compared to that of minorities. Much more so in other communities.
The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) said that the problem of population can be solved by ensuring proper education and proper health facilities to the people.
According to the 2011 census, Muslims constitute 34.22 per cent of Assam’s total population of 3.12 crore and they form a majority in many districts. While the population of Christians is 3.74 percent of the total population of the state. At the same time, the number of Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains is less than one percent.
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee said that it is extremely indecent for a Chief Minister who is expected to be well acquainted with the demographic facts of his state.