Assam Cabinet approves ‘indigenous’ status for five Muslim communities
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The Assam government has decided to grant 'swadeshi' status to five Assamese-speaking Muslim communities in the state. Now the identity of these communities will be different from the Bengali speaking Muslims.
These Assamese Muslim communities includes Goria, Moria, Deshi, Jolah and Syed.
This step has been taken in line with the recommendation of sub-groups/committees constituted by the State Government.
This group has often expressed the need for a separate identity.
The decision has been taken following the recommendations of a panel constituted by the Assam government last year to discuss socio-economic issues related to the Assamese Muslim community of the state.
The panel was constituted in July last year after Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's meeting with Assamese Muslims from different regions.
Why was this decision taken?
This step has been taken to identify the 'illegal infiltrators' in Assam.
This will help in identifying the origin of Assam i.e. Indian Muslims.
Bangladeshi infiltrators can be driven out of the country after Indian Muslims are identified.
Infiltration has been a major issue in Assam and other states of the Northeast.
The most affected by these infiltrators has been in Assam.
The move will ensure their development in health, cultural identity, education, financial inclusion, skill development and women empowerment.
Muslims population in Assam
Muslims constitute 34% of Assam's 3.12 crore population, of whom 4% are indigenous Assamese Muslims and the rest are mostly Bengali-speaking Muslims.
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