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Assam Cabinet Approves 'Indigenous' Status for 5 Assamese Muslim Communities

The decision has been take to protect the interest of indigenous Muslims of Assam.

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The Assam Cabinet on Tuesday, 5 July, approved the indigenous status of five Assamese Muslim sub-groups. This new development grants approval to identification of Gorias, Moriyas, Jolhas, Deshis and Syeds sub-groups as indigenous Assamese Muslim communities.

The decision has been take to protect the interest of indigenous Muslims of Assam.

The move will ensure their development in health, cultural identity, education, financial inclusion, skill development and women empowerment, a document on key decisions taken by the Cabinet, tweeted by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma showed.

The decision to identify five sub-groups as indigenous was taken in line with recommendations of seven sub-groups/committees formed by the state government last year to discuss issues concerning Assamese Muslim community.

The 'indigenous' status to Assamese-speaking Muslim communities will distinguish them from Bengali-speaking Muslims, who migrated from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to Assam. This classification has been a long-standing demand of Assamese Muslim communities.

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Assam's CM last month said that the his government will take steps for classification of indigenous minorities in the state, including Muslim communities, reported Hindustan Times.

He also said that the classification is important to identify the people from minority communities who are the original residents of Assam and have not migrated to the state, the report added.

The Cabinet on Tuesday also took decisions regarding scrapping of old vehicles, exempting ex-servicemen & their widows from paying property tax, boost to renewable energy, improving data access, hike in remunerations of elected members of Municipal boards, etc.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times)

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