Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma discussed with 150 leaders from various fields to discuss the community’s socio-economic issues at a programme titled ‘Alaap Alochana – Empowering the Religious Minorities’.
“We discussed a number of issues confronting the indigenous minority community, and it was agreed that the population explosion in some parts of Assam has caused a real threat for the development of Assam, more particularly in the economic sense,” said Sarma.
Sarma said that he would soon meet members of the Bengali-origin Muslim community of Assam for similar discussions. “There is a distinct cultural difference in language, in culture between both the communities. We respect both identities,” he said.
According to the 2011 Census, Muslims constitute 34.2 per cent of Assam’s 3.12 crore population.