The union cabinet, early this month, cleared a proposal to set up a high-level committee to look into the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had then said clause 6 “wasn’t fully implemented”.
Briefing reporters on the Cabinet decision, Singh said this was “very important from the perspective of Assam”. The composition and terms of reference of the committee, which will also look at issues related to the Bodo community, will be announced later.
The Clause 6 of Assam Accord states that the central government will come up with Constitutional, legislative and administrative measures to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.
Out of the 3.29 crore applications received by the NRC, the names of around 40 lakh people in Assam haven’t been included in the second and final draft released on July 30. The first draft released in December last year had the names of 1.9 crore people.