Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has reiterated his commitment to ensure implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit.

State chief minister Sonowal made the announcement soon after leading students’ body of the state, the All Assam Students Union (AASU), made public the recommendations of the high-level committee on clause 6 public on Tuesday.

In a statement, the chief minister said that certain political forces in the state do not wish the implementation of the accord to take place.

“The present state government sincerely desires its implementation. The state government would not let the sacrifices of the martyrs of Assam movement to go in vain. That is why the Central government formed a high-level committee under the chairmanship of retired Justice Biplob Kumar Sarma,” chief minister Sonowal said.

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Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the AASU leadership, while addressing media persons, released the recommendations made by the high-level committee formed by the Centre for suggesting measures for the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

According to the AASU leadership, the committee recommended reservation of seats in Assembly, Parliament and local bodies for indigenous people of the State. However, there was difference of opinion among members of the committee on the quantum of seats to be kept reserved.

The committee also gave its recommendations on the issue of definition of Assamese people for providing constitutional protection. It also advocated for the creation of an Upper House in the State and said that the seats of the same should be kept reserved for Assamese people. It also suggested the introduction of the inner line permit system in the State. In the matter of employment, the committee recommended that 80 per cent of the jobs in group C and D level posts in central government, semi-central government, central PSUs and private sector should be kept reserved for Assamese people. The committee also said that the central government should take up the issue of deportation of the foreigners who came to Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971 with the government of Bangladesh. It also said that the Assam Official Language Act, 1960 should be implemented strictly and necessary amendments should be made to insert penal provisions for violation of the Act.

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Meanwhile, the AASU leadership have also announced that the people of Assam have the right to know the details of the report of the committee constituted by the Union home ministry on implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

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