Issues like census for indigenous Muslim population, peace talks with ULFA-I & CAA are likely to be at forefront of Budget session from March 2 to 27 this year
Guwahati: The Budget Session of the 14th Assam Legislative Assembly will take place from March 2 to 27 this year. Lots of fireworks are on the cards for the Session with several pressing issues at hand.
The most recent one is the state government's plan to conduct an exercise to identify the state's indigenous Muslim population, and differentiate them from the Bangladeshi Muslims.
According to Census 2011, Assam houses a total population of 3.60 crore. Hindus are a majority in the state with a population of 1,91,80,759 (61.47%) and Muslims follow suit as the second most popular religion in the state. Of the total population, Muslims account for 34.22%, that is 1,06,79,345 residents, in the state.
Further, after the historical signing of Bodo Peace Accord, which has put an end to the Bodoland conflict and at the same time, preserved the state's territorial integrity, the state government is going to chalk out ways and means of getting ULFA-I on board for settlement talks. Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been quite vocal about the state's willingness to bring conversation to the table to uproot militancy and bring permanent peace in the state.
The upcoming session will also see the way forward for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 which saw rampant violence across the state. It is likely to make statements on NRC and NPR.