Centre to set committee to implement clause 6 of Assam Accord
GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh have decided to constitute a committee to implement clause 6 of the Assam Accord, 1985 after a meeting with the State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at New Delhi today.
The decision came at a time when the state is agitated after the visit of joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on Citizenship (amendment) Bill of 2016 earlier this month.
“The Union Minister had assured that the committee will be set soon,” Sonowal told media after coming out of the meeting at New Delhi.
As per clause 6 of the Assam Accord, that was signed after six yearlong anti foreigners’ movement (1979-1985) ,the state and centre will provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
In Assam, however, apprehension still loom large after the recent visit of the JPC that giving citizenship rights to Bengali Hindus from Bangladesh will adversely affect the culture, language and tradition of Assam.
Sonowal after the meeting said, “We also discussed about this (Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016) and Singh has assured that the bill will only be passed with the consent of the people of Assam.”
Sonowal also said that the Union Home ministry is “concerned” about the speedy completion of the National Register of Citizen update process and will provide “ample security” to the state in order to do so.
Shri Sarbananda Sonowal meeting with the Union Home Minister, New Delhi