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‘Population-Control Army’ to operate soon in Assam; targetted controlling measures in minority dominated areas

The Assam government will prepare a work force of 1000 people which will be deployed to create awareness about population control measures and supply contraceptives among the Muslim dominated areas of lower Assam, this was informed at the state legislative assembly by Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Sarma also said that one doesn’t have to go through National Family Health Survey (NFHS) to see the population explosion in the western and central part of Assam, one just needs to travel to lower Assam.

Replying to a question of Congress MLA, Sherman Ali Ahmed in state assembly on Monday, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Around 1000 youths from Char Chapori (riverine sand bars) will be engaged to create awareness about population control measures and supply contraceptives. We are also planning to create a separate work force in the lines of Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers who will be tasked to disseminate information pertaining to birth control and distribute contraceptive tools among the women in those areas.”

 “From 2001 to 2011, if population growth among Hindus in Assam was 10 it was 29 percent in case of Muslims. Owing to less population the lifestyle of Hindu people in Assam has become better with better spacious houses, vehicles besides better education and children becoming doctors and engineers.” Sarma added.

Sarma had been vouching for a promotion of measures to control population explosion that, according to him, is among the minority population in the state, for better implemention of policies, better allocation of state resources and eradicate poverty. He had been promoting Two-Child Policy in availing certain schemes and voluntary sterilisation.

“The people of Upper Assam will not relate to the struggles that the western and Central Assam people face due to the burden of higher population,” Sarma said in the Assembly.

As part of its approach to population growth, Sarma also said that the state needs to educate the people of these highly-concentrated populated regions.

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