Guwahati: The ‘Khilonjiya Muslim Development Corporation’ of Assam, which is meant to work for the welfare of the state’s Muslim populace, has been renamed as the ‘Goriya Moriya Deshi and Julha Development Corporation’.
The department of Welfare of Minorities and Development took this decision to rename the body by omitting the world ‘khilonjiya’, which means indigenous. The move came after controversies surrounding the term ‘indigenous’ gained momentum.
According to Minister, Welfare of Minorities and Development, Ranjit Dutta, “The words ‘Khilonjiya’ and ‘Muslim’ will be omitted and replaced with the names of the specific communities: Goiya, Moriya , Deshi and Julha. This was proposed because there is a lot of controversy around the term ‘khilonjiya’ or ‘indigenous’. And since it is not well-defined, other groups also might claim ‘khilonjiya’ status in the census.”
It may be mentioned here that the Assam Government had held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss regarding the socio-economic census of the Muslims residing in the state. Census of Goria, Moria, Ujani, Deshi, Julha, Maimal, Syed, etc. were discussed in the meeting.
The Goriya, Moriya, Deshi and Julha Development Corporation will be looking into the matters of the Assamese Muslims and work for the interests.