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Cabinet approves high level committee to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a high-level committee for the implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord and measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to the Bodo community.

Jan 3, 2019 15:13 IST
Cabinet approves high level committee to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 2, 2019 approved the setting up of a high-level committee for the implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord and measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to the Bodo community.

Assam Accord

Assam Accord was signed on August 15, 1985, after the Assam agitation of 1979-1985.

The clause 6 of the Assam Accord envisaged 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.

However, it has been felt that the clause 6 of the Assam Accord has not been fully implemented even almost 35 years after the Accord was signed.

Responsibilities of the High-Level Committee

The High-Level Committee has been approved to suggest constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards as envisaged in Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

The Committee shall examine the effectiveness of actions since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

It will hold discussions with all stakeholders and assess the required quantum of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people.

The committee will also assess the requirement of measures to be taken to protect Assamese and other indigenous languages of Assam, the quantum of reservation in employment under Government of Assam and other measures to protect, preserve and promote cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assamese people.

The composition and terms of reference of the committee will be issued separately by the Ministry of Home Affairs.  

Significance

The setting up of the Committee is expected to pave the way for the implementation of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit and will help fulfil longstanding expectations of the Assamese people.

Other Decisions

The Cabinet also approved a number of measures to fulfil the outstanding issues related to the Bodo community.

The Bodo Accord was signed in 2003 that resulted in the establishment of a Bodoland Territorial Council under Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

However, there have been representations from different organisations of Bodos to fulfil various outstanding demands.

The cabinet has approved the establishment of a Bodo Museum-cum-language and cultural study center.

It has also approved modernisation of existing All India Radio Station and Doordarshan Kendra at Kokrajhar and naming a Superfast Train passing through BTAD as ARONAI Express.

The State Government will also take necessary measures related to appropriate land policy and land laws, besides setting up of institutions for research and documentation of customs, traditions and languages of indigenous communities.