Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa on Thursday urged the minority community in the state to adopt a decent family planning policy for population control to reduce poverty.
On the occasion of the completion of 30 days of his government, the Chief Minister said all stakeholders in the community must come forward and support the government in helping reduce poverty in the community which is primarily due to an unabated increase in population.
The government is the guardian of all poor people but it needs the support of the minority community in tackling the issue of population growth which is the root cause of poverty, illiteracy, and consequent lack of proper family planning, he said.
The Chief Minister said that his government will work towards educating the women of the minority community so that the problem of population growth can be tackled effectively.
The government cannot allow encroachment of temple, Satra, and forest lands and members of the community have also assured the government that they do not want encroachment of these lands, he said.
The chief minister urged the community leaders to do an introspection and encourage people to practice population control.
Succeding Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma was sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam on May 10. Sarma had quit the Congress government of Tarun Gogoi in 2015. He then promptly joined the BJP, becoming its key strategist for the northeast. Sarma, who jumped ship from Congress just before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had waited a long time for the party to make him the Chief Minister again.