Assam Govt give Identity Cards to ‘Assamese Muslims’ as an Indigenous Community

Assam Govt give Identity Cards to 'Assamese Muslims' as an Indigenous Community

Assam Govt: A panel formed by the BJP-led authorities in Assam has recommended notification be handed to establish “Assamese Muslims” as a definite group within the state.

The panel was shaped after Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma final July had met with representatives of the Assamese Muslim group from numerous fields to debate the group’s socio-economic points. Divided into seven sub-committees, the panel submitted the report on Thursday after months of dialogue.

The different strategies embody issuing id playing cards or certifications in addition to conducting a census to “identify and document” the Assamese Muslim group.

Under the umbrella of the indigenous Assamese Muslim community fall three most important teams: the Goriyas, the Moriya’s (from Upper Assam) and the Deshi’s (from Lower Assam). While the Deshis are 13th-century converts from indigenous communities such as Koch Rajbongshi and Mech, the Goriyas and Moriya’s hint their lineage to converts in addition to troopers, artisans, and many others. who got here to the area through the Ahom rule. Smaller teams comparable to Julha Muslims additionally fall below this class.

These teams take into account themselves distinct from the Bengali-speaking Muslims who migrated from East Bengal or Bangladesh.

Accepting the report on Thursday, Sarma mentioned that every one the recommendations have been “implementable”, however in a part clever method. “We can categorize them into short term, medium-term and long term,” he mentioned.


He additionally added that the committee has put forth a definition of Assamese Muslims within the report. “We have accepted the definition….now the target group will be clearer, and what work needs to be done for them,” he mentioned, including that the subsequent stage will embody “legislative mechanisms, administrative decisions and financial support” to those teams.

Apart from the id, the report additionally spoke of extra political illustration to the group. It referred to as for a provision much like Article 333 of the Constitution to supply “representation of Assamese Muslims in Parliament and Assam Legislative Assembly.” “An Upper House (Legislative Council) may be created in Assam as per Article 169 of the Indian Constitution. Once the Legislative Council is formed, specific number of seats may be reserved for Assamese Muslim community in this Council” a launch by the federal government mentioned.

The report additionally made suggestions on issues related to education, political representation, well being, ability development and ladies empowerment.

News from the Indian Express.