MHA-appointed Committee on Assam Recommends ILP, Setting 1951 as Cut-off yr to Define Indigenous People
GUWAHATI: A Home Ministry-appointed committee has suggested that 1951 should be the cut-off year for defining the indigenous people of Assam and introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to control the movement of people from outside the state, reported PTI.
The committee has also suggested two formulas for the reservation of seats for the indigenous people in the Assam Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, including 67 per cent quota for them.
The high-level committee was set up by the ministry to suggest ways to provide constitutional safeguards to Assam's indigenous people.
Further as per PTI, the 13-member panel, headed by Justice (Retd) Biplab Kumar Sharma, finalised its report last week, conveyed to the home ministry that it was ready to submit it to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought an appointment with him. The report is expected to be submitted this week itself.
The committee unanimously recommended that those who were residents of Assam in 1951 and their descendants, irrespective of community, caste, language, religion or heritage, will be considered as indigenous people of the state.
(With inputs from PTI)