Centre yet to receive Clause 6 report from Assam, Union minister Reddy tells RS

by Times of India

GUWAHATI: Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy’s statement on Wednesday to the Rajya Sabha that the Centre has not yet received the report of MHA’s high-level committee on the implementation of

Clause

6 of the

Assam

Accord evoked sharp reaction from the opposition, including the All Assam Students’ Union (Aasu) which blamed the

Sarbananda Sonowal

government of “intentionally delaying the process”.

Reddy, in a written reply, had stated, “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 recommendations are under examination of the state government.”

The report was submitted to the state government on February 25 for forwarding it to the Centre. Amid a fresh bout of protests in the state after the Union MoS’s reply, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people to trust the government regarding implementation of Clause 6.

“The report has already been submitted to the government, which means us. As per the suggestions given by the Clause 6 committee and after examining these, the government will take measures,” Sonowal said.

Soon after Reddy’s reply, Aasu and other members of the committee slammed the state government for making “intentional delay” in forwarding their report to the Centre.

Clause 6 of the Assam Accord deals with provisions of granting constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to the

Assamese people

. It is yet to be implemented even after 35 years have passed since signing of the Assam Accord in 1985 between Aasu, now-defunct All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad, Assam government and the Centre after the six-year-long anti-foreigners movement (1979-85).

Four members of the high-level committee on Clause 6 — three

senior leaders

of Aasu and senior advocate of Gauhati high court Nilay Dutta — had broken the “confidentiality” clause of the panel and leaked the report which suggested that only those people who were residing in Assam on or before January 1, 1951, and their descendants will be eligible for the constitutional safeguards.

“Today, the hypocrisy of the Assam government has been revealed in the Rajya Sabha. There was ambiguity for the last few months whether the report has reached the Centre or not. The committee was constituted by the home ministry and the report should have reached the Centre much earlier. The Assam government is sitting on the report over the last several months has proved that the BJP-led government has no intention of implementing the recommendations anytime soon,” Aasu general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, adding that there was no mandate given to them that the report can be under the consideration of the state government before reaching the Centre.

Assam Congress president

Ripun Bora

, too, questioned the government over the unnecessary delay. “What will the state government consider in the report? The Assam government was more vocal than the Centre in giving autonomy to the people of Assam. Now, why are they hiding the report and delaying its implementation?” Bora asked.

State BJP chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass, however, rubbished the opposition’s statements and said while a two-year timeframe is there to implement the recommendations, unnecessary “hue and cry” has been made regarding the report in the last six months.

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