The All Assam Minorities Students’ Union(AAMSU) on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding the socio-economic upliftment of the minorities in Assam and the all around development of the entire state.
“The National Family Health Survey has suggested that the fertility rate is high among communities which are socially and educationally backward. In Assam too, it has been seen that an uneducated Muslim woman has a fertility rate higher than those who are educated. As such in our opinion the best way to address population growth is by bringing a sea change in the educational and health infrastructure of the minority dominated areas by establishing higher educational institutes, vocational training institutes, model colleges and hospitals so that the standard of life among the people of the minority communities may be uplifted gradually,” the memorandum stated.
The memorandum said, “Lakhs of hectares of land in Assam has been eroded by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries. As such thousands of families became homeless and are trying to rehabilitate themselves in the absence of any government aid. Such people requires urgent attention to prevent them from settling in unwarranted lands by providing them land pattas and shelters to live in. Further, the age old menace of flood and erosion needs to be addressed scientifically in a war footing with utmost dedication to prevent further destructions.”
It further stated, “It has been seen that evictions has been carried out by the district administrations in various districts even in these critical hours of pandemic which may give rise to serious health consequences,” said AAMSU, president Rejaul Karim Sarkar.
“It has also been noticed in many cases that evictions were carried out selectively and with ulterior motives. These evicted families comprising of women and children are compelled to lead a beast like nomadic life. A section of such population are living an uncertain life and in a state of panic as the welfare state they live in has failed to provide them the basic amenities and on the contrary have turned hostile to them,” he said.
The president further said, “The recent evictions carried out in Jamuguri (Sonitpur), Kaki(Hojai) and Sipajhar(Darrang) districts have led to humanitarian crisis, as such those evicted needs to be rehabilitate soon without further delay. Hence issues related to eviction calls for careful and serious consideration so that the basic human rights of any persons are not infringed and also for the cause of administrative fair play and natural justice.”
According to AAMSU, the employment rate among the youths of the religious minority communities in government sectors in Assam is very low compared to the other communities.
“Therefore, appropriate policies needs to be adopted to fulfill the aspirations of the youths belonging to the religious minority communities to be a part of government services without being bias in future appointments,” AAMSU said.
“We are very much disturbed to learn about the recent rape and murder of two girls in Kokrajhar districts. The inhuman criminals of this beastly act should be apprehended and tried in fast track courts and every steps should be taken so that the stringent punishments as per law can be meted out to them,” Karim stated.