Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday, 10 June, urged the minority Muslim community to adopt a “decent family planning policy” for population control. According to PTI, Sarma suggested this as a means to reduce poverty.
Sarma’s remarks come even though the last Census in India, carried out in 2011, show that Hindus comprise 79.8% of the population while Muslims make up only 14.2%, which is less than a fifth.
Sarma was quoted by PTI as saying that “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.”
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