Discriminatory Assam’s popn policy: IUML. The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has denounced Assam’s planned population strategy. Calling it not only “racist,” but also “anti-secular and unconstitutional.“
Additionally, it chastised Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for supporting a two-child limit for beneficiaries of certain state government programs while excluding some groups.
“Sarma behaved dictatorially in a Hitlerian way when he unveiled Assam’s population and women empowerment program. Which will be implemented introspectively beginning January 1, 2021. Not only is Assam’s policy discriminatory, but it is also anti-secular and unlawful “KM Kader Mohideen, national president of the IUML, said in a statement.
He said that all secular and democratic forces in the country should band together to oppose this policy and compel the Assam administration to reverse its “anti-national, unlawful policy of discrimination and destruction.”
“It seems as if the chief minister takes delight in separating the people and destroying family life,” Mohideen added.
The former MP also objected to the proposed policy’s exception for scheduled castes and tribes and tea tribal members.
“He (Sarma) has stated that families with more than two children, the majority of whom are Muslims. Would be denied government employment, welfare benefits, and the right to vote in local government elections. However, members of scheduled castes and tribes, as well as tea tribes, are free from the need to have four to five children “he said.
Sarma stated that, in accordance with the population strategy. The two-child limit would be implemented in government employment and will also apply to recipients of government subsidies.
He previously said that “immigration Muslims” should adhere to “acceptable family planning standards.”
Assam presently has a two-child limit for gaon panchayat elections, in addition to requirements for minimum educational credentials. And functioning sanitary toilets, as a result of a 2018 modification to the Assam Panchayat Act, 1994.