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‘Committee formed to implement Clause 6 totally vague’
City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - The Asom Nagarik Samaj (ANS) today urged all members of the high-level committee formed by the Central government to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, to withdraw their membership from the committee immediately.

The committee, formed on January 5, comprises retired IAS officers MP Bezbaruah and Subhash Das, former president of Asam Sahitya Sabha Dr Nagen Saikia, senior journalist Dhiren Bezbaruah, educationist Dr Mukunda Rajbongshi, Advocate General of Assam Ramesh Borpatragohain, eminent writer Rongbong Terang, one representative from the AASU and the Joint Secretary of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

In a statement, ANS said that the committee is a totally vague body and its formation is a betrayal of the people of Assam. “Only three to four months are left for the Central government to complete its tenure, so it is not possible for the committee to take any effective step within this short period of time. So we urge all those eminent personalities of the State who are included in the committee to withdraw their names immediately,” the statement said.

The government had constituted the committee to examine the effectiveness of actions taken since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which reads “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people”.

It is for the fourth time the Centre has formed such a committee. Earlier in 1998, 2006 and 2011, the government had formed similar committees to look into the matter. “But we have not seen any development in reality,” ANS said.

ANS members including former DGP Harekrishna Deka, senior journalists Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, Prasanta Rajguru, Haidor Hussain and others, said they would personally meet the members of the committee with a request to withdraw their names.

Meanwhile, the Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill today urged the people to learn from the current situation and unite against the BJP during the upcoming general elections and not to believe in the recently announced welfare schemes of the BJP-led government.

The forum lauded the AGP for quitting the alliance government. It also said the people of Assam must start a long-run movement to completely eliminate the Bill. If required, its members would approach the people of the State to raise fund to challenge the Bill in the Supreme Court, it added.

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