Assam: Clause 6 panel suggests ILP, reservations in Assembly & jobs

Assam: Clause 6 panel suggests ILP, reservations in Assembly & jobs
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GUWAHATI | JAN 20, 2020:

The high-powered committee on implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord in a draft report suggested constitutional safeguards, among other steps, to protect the identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

The committee has been granted a month extension by the Centre. . Before that, it sought the preliminary report based on which the final recommendations are being firmed up, they said.

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

The panel in its preliminary report is learnt to have suggested the introduction of Inner Line Permit, reservation of seats in the legislative assembly and local bodies, and reservations in employment for the Assamese people. After it submitted the draft, deliberations were held between home minister Amit Shah and senior members of the committee on January 13.

Retired high court judge Biplab Kumar Sarma, who heads the panel, said it would submit the recommendation in 10-15 days.

Sarma had said that the meeting was in connection with seeking suggestions from the Centre for the committee had already sought suggestions from different stakeholders including the state government.

As per its mandate, the high-level committee is examining the effectiveness of actions taken since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Clause 6 promises constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage of the "Assamese" people.

Source: ET

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