Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday asked the Muslim community in the state to adopt a “decent family planning” policy to deal with poverty and other social problems.
“We want to work with the minority Muslim community to control population,” he said, while speaking at a press conference.
“The root cause of issues such as poverty, land encroachment etc, lies in uncontrolled population growth. I think we can put an end to a lot of social problems in Assam if the Muslim community adopts decent family planning norms.”
Sarma said that his government will work towards educating the women of the community so that the problem can be tackled effectively.
The CM's comment is in consonance with a conspiracy theory propagated mainly by the right-wing, which suggests that the fertility rate among Muslims in India is much higher than that in the Hindu community. However, data and experts do not agree to this theory.