Centre asks Assam Accord Clause 6 panel to change report

GUWAHATI, FEB 16 ( AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/16/2020 9:15:51 AM IST

Centre has reportedly asked the high-power committee on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord to make certain changes in its final report, reports Northeast Now news.

The term of the committee ended on Saturday and it is waiting for home ministry’s nod to submit the report.
The committee had intimated the ministry on Thursday about the completion of its report but the ministry is yet to set the date for the “official” handing over of the report.
Reports say Satyendra Garg, joint secretary in charge of the Northeast, ministry of home affairs, has requested to the panel make certain specific changes in the report before submission.
The panel has reportedly recommended introduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in the entire State and protection of land rights of the indigenous people. It has also recommended taking 1951 as the cut-off year for extending benefits of constitutional protection.
All the members of the committee agreed on the point that 1951 should be the cut-off year for identification of Assamese people who would be eligible for constitutional safeguards under the provisions of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. In the job reservation, two views were included in the report. while AASU seeks 100 per cent reservation but other members want 67 per cent.
The panel further recommended creation of an upper House to ensure representation of all the tribal and ethnic groups.
It has suggested measures for the protection of Assamese and other tribal and ethnic languages of the State along with protection of the cultural heritage of all communities.
The committee further recommended implementation of all the clauses of the Assam Accord and asked the government to take the diplomatic initiative to deport the foreign nationals as suggested by the Supreme Court.

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