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The high-level committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Matters on Clause 6 of Assam Accord submitted its outline to the government of Assam in February

GUWAHATI: The recommendations made by the high power committee on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord continued to collect dust as the state government’s proposed panel of legitimate experts for examining them was once yet to be formed.

The state government in September had made up our minds to establish the panel headed by a retired justice of either the Supreme Court or the high court after a discussion between Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.

On Monday, right through the ongoing winter session of the state meeting, the state government in a written reply to the questions of the present status of the recommendations of the Clause 6 committee said that the panel was once not able.

The leader of the Oppositions, Debabrata Saikia had enquired approximately the outline.

Assam’s parliamentary matters minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in the reply said, “The state government had announced to establish the panel of legitimate experts to inspect the recommendations of the high-level committee before sending it to the Centre. The process to establish the panel is still ongoing and delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The state government earlier advocated approximately the legitimate experts’ views saying that it is going to be essential as the implementation of the high-level committee’s recommendations would necessitate amendment of sure sections of the Charter of India.

Sources said that the legitimate experts are meant to submit their observations to the state government. Then the state government will add its comments to the observations and forward the same to the Central government.

Notably, the high-level committee submitted its outline to Sonowal on February 25. He had received the sealed outline on behalf of union home minister Amit Shah.

The 14-member committee was once headed by Justice (retd) Biplab Kumar Sharma. The Union Home Ministry (MHA) had constituted the committee on July 15, 2019.

Clause 6 of the Assam Accord envisages Constitutional, legislative and administrative measures to give protection to, maintain and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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