Guwahati: The high powered committee formed to implement the Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord is ready with its report, informed former Gauhati High Court judge Biplab Kumar Sarma.
Sarma, the Chairman of the committee, informed that the committee is ready with its recommendations to implement Clause 6. “We are ready with the report. The deadline had been extended till February 15, and now, all that is left for us to do is finalize the formalities and submit the report to the Centre.”
Addressing media persons earlier at the Administrative Staff College in Guwahati’s Khanapara, Sarma had informed the media, “I am pleased to inform you that the recommendation is incomplete. After such a long time – initially we were given 6 months, and it was extended by 1 month.
Sharma says that the next step is to decide how to hand over the recommendation. “Till tomorrow, we will decide whether to hand it over in Guwahati or in New Delhi.”
Sharma said that the recommendation took a long time to formulate as several stakeholders, including indigenous organizations, had to be consulted. “In the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, it is given in detail how to give Constitutional safeguards to the Assamese people. How to safeguard their cultural life…”
The retired Justice also informed that many communities and tribes have been consulted and a report has been formulated to ascertain the rights of the ‘Assamese’.
‘A question is giving this Constitutional safeguards, the question that arises is that who are the Assamese”, he said, adding that.
The Chairman of the committee also informed that all the people of the State have been taken into consideration during the process of formulating the recommendation.
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), one of the key signatories of the historic Assam Accord, was also consulted during the process of filing the recommendation, and is, in fact, a part of the panel.