Guwahati: The Assam government will be carrying out a survey to identify the indigenous Muslim population of the state which will help to segregate them from illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
“In the state budget of 2019-20, Rs 100 crore was earmarked fro Indigenous Muslim Development Corporation. A survey will be conducted to identify the people from Goria, Moria, Desi and Jola of the tea tribe community of the state, who are considered to be indigenous,” state minister Ranjit Kumar Dutta said.
“This is a sensitive matter. There will be no entry of Bangladeshi origin people in this survey. We will come to know about the indigenous Muslims in this survey,” he added.
Muminul Aowal, Assam Minority Development Board Chairman said, ” There is a huge number of Bangladeshi Muslims in Assam which is about 19 lakhs. Indigenous Muslims is roughly about 14 lakhs. This is a good step made by the government to identify indigenous Muslims in the state.”