GUWAHATI, Jan 20 - In a bid to counter the massive opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that certain organizations are unleashing misinformation campaign on the proposed Act.
“Misinformation always lends negative impact in society and such campaigns are always discarded by people. He also said that though several governments came to power in the State as well as Center after the signing of Assam Accord in 1985, no government made any tangible effort to implement Clause 6 of the Accord safeguarding the constitutional, legislative, administrative interests of the indigenous people,” Sonowal said while speaking at the inaugural function of the new branch of Sri Sri Auniati Satra and Cultural Centre at Banderdewa.
“The present Central government has for the first time taken pragmatic steps for implementation of Clause 6 by constituting a high level committee and also taking steps for granting ST status to six communities of the State,” he said, adding that the initiative would go a long way in protecting the interest of the indigenous people of the State.
“Under no circumstances would the State Government take any step against the interest of the indigenous people,” Sonowal asserted.
On the newly established branch of Sri Sri Auniati Satra at Bandardewa in Lakhimpur district, he said that the branch would boost the age-old relations of the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Chief Minister also expressed hope that the Vaishnavite centre would play a pivotal role in promoting the values and ideals of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva and his contribution towards development of art and culture.
Chief Minister Sonowal underlining the inherent strength of the Assamese society which is nurtured by spiritual teachings, social and humanitarian values of Srimanta Sankaradeva said this robust foundation would never succumb to the evil designs of anti social forces.