Guwahati, January 16, 2019:
The high-powered committee that has been constituted to submit the recommendations to implement Clause 6 of the ‘Assam Accord’ has been granted another one month by the Union Home Ministry in order to submit its report.
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The Home Ministry has now extended the date for submission of the report till February 15 (the earlier date was January 15).
The “high-powered” committee’s Chairman, the retired Justice Biplab Kumar Sharma, told reporters in New Delhi that as of now, the people are more intent on celebrating Bihu, and expressed hope that the committee will be able to deliver a report soon.
“We were called by the Home Ministry this morning. We discussed some legal points of the report with the Home Minister. We may take few more days to submit the report…hopefully, by the end of this month we will be able to submit the report,” said Sharma after a meeting with the Union Home Ministry in New Delhi.
Sharma has also expressed that all stakeholders in Assam will be consulted before the committee submits its report.
It may be mentioned here that July last year, the MHA had reconstituted the committee with 13 members. Members of the previous committee headed by former Union Tourism Secretary MP Bezbaruah refused to be part of the committee.
The Clause 6 of the ‘Assam Accord’ envisages that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people. The BJP-led Government has assured that the people will be
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