Clause 6-panel hands report to Assam CM

Clause 6-panel hands report to Assam CM

Agency News

Guwahati, Feb 25 : The high-level committee constituted under the chairmanship of Justice (retired) Biplab Kumar Sarma for implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord formally submitted its report to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here today.

The Chief Minister would now take the report for onward submission to the Central Government. Several state ministers, including Chandra Mohan Patowary, Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma and Atul Bora, and top officials were present on the occasion.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU), which was a part of the committee, did not accompany in submitting the report as they insisted that the report should have been accepted directly by the Union Home minister as the panel was appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Later talking to reporters, Justice (retd) Sarma said the report has been prepared after going through thousands of memorandums and petitions, and meeting and taking the opinions of different sections of people from all parts of the state.

He hoped that the definition of Assamese will be determined on the basis of the report, and Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, which gives constitutional safeguards for Assamese people, can be implemented. State Cabinet minister Dr Sharma, talking to media separately, said the report will now be handed to the Central Government, which will look into various aspects, like constitutional validity and legality, of the recommendations.

He added that the state government will be consulted before finalising a definition of Assamese as any such definition has to be approved by the state Legislative Assembly. (UNI)