A panel was formed by the Assam Government in order to identify Assamese Muslims as a distinct community group in Assam. In addition the panel also discussed the socio economic conditions of the community as well. The panel was discussed last year in the month of July, and now finally the Government with CM Himanta Biswa Sarma along with representatives from the community discussed on the issues and a report was submitted on Thrusday.
Assam Government’s report
Apart from socio economic conditions, documents or certificates to identify assamese muslim community was suggested in the report by the Assam Government.
According to reports from the assemese Muslim Community, there are three main groups – Goriyas and the moriyas belong from upper assam, the deshis belong from lower assam. The Deshis had come into the territory in the 13th century and belong from Koch Rajbongshi community. Whereas the goriyas and the Moriyas had entered the territory in the days of ahom rule.
These groups have cleary stated themselves to be different from the Bengali speaking muslims who are alleged to have crossed borders from Bnagladesh.
As per the reports from the chief minister of assam government, “ we have accepeted the definition.. now the target groups will be clearer and what needs to be done for them”.
The report also included some of the areas of concern in the education, health, political and empowerment sector.