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What happened to Clause 6 report on Assam Accord, asks students’ body


Guwahati: All Assam Students Union (AASU) has said that union minister of state in ministry of home affairs, G Kishan Reddy’s statement that clause 6 of Assam Accord recommendation are under state government’s examination exposes the lackadaisical attitude of the Centre towards the recommendation.

In a written reply to a question of Sambhaji Chatrapati in Rajya Sabha, Reddy said, “The high level committee constituted by the ministry of Home Affairs on clause 6 of Assam Accord has submitted its report to the Government of Assam and its recommendation are under examination of the state government.”

Niloy Dutta, who is the member of the committee, tweeted,” The clause 6 committee report remains with the Govt of Assam for consideration. Was it ever sent to the Home Ministry GOI.? The answer in Rajya Sabha is silent on this aspect. @sarbanandsonwalI am shocked and hurt. At least today, talk to Assam from your heart”.

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal while talking to media persons said, “The report of the panel is being examined by the government”.

AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said that the government in the Centre and state government have stated earlier that they will accept the panel without even altering comma and full stop. “Now see what is happening even though the report has not reached the Home ministry. This exposes the lackadaisical attitude of the government.”

Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) leader Palash Changmai said that this was unfortunate. “When anti Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest was at its peak government announced constitution of clause 6 panel and see despite elapse of several months nothing has happened on the report.”

Convenor of Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) Upamanyu Hazarika said that in the first place, the committee is constituted by the central Government with specific terms of reference and the report is submitted to the state Government which is in breach of the terms of reference. The report is submitted way back in February of this year and it is yet to reach the central Government. This clearly demonstrates that there was never any intention or desire to fulfil not only the electoral promises and Clause 6 of the Assam Accord for protection of indigenous people, it was merely a ploy to divert and distract attention.

He added, “It did not require the central Government to constitute a committee of this nature before bringing in CAA, a legislation was brought in immediately to protect foreigners. Whereas for indigenous people who are on their way to becoming a minority under Bangladeshi influx, it is only empty and broken promises. Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has clearly gone on record that the Clause 6 committee report would be implemented in toto without changing a comma or a full stop and he quoted the Union Home Minister in this regard. The same minister after submission of the report said that people Committee members cannot decide the fate of the people of Assam over the mandate given by the people to the Assam Assembly.”

On August 11, AASU made public recommendations of the panel in a media conference. The 14 member panel is headed by Justice (retd) Biplab Kumar Sarma, AASU has three members in the committee.

Aasu stated that it made public recommendation for it felt that people of the state have every right to know what is there in the report.

The clause 6 panel submitted its recommendation to the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal who accepted the same on behalf of the Union Home minister Amit Shah in February this year.

Clause 6 provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

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