The high-level committee, that will make recommendations on the quantum of seats to be reserved in the Assam Assembly and local bodies for Assamese people and on ways to preserve Assamese culture, discussed changes in the panel’s terms of reference.
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.