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State BJP against implementation of recommendations: Upamanyu
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Sept 23 - Arguing that reservation of land for the indigenous people and restricting its sale and purchase among the indigenous communities, as recommended by the high level committee on Clause Six is exclusively within the powers of the State government, senior Supreme Court advocate Upamanyu Hazarika has alleged that State BJP leaders have no intention to implement the Clause Six committee’s recommendations.

 Amid questions being raised about the role of the State government over the status of the report submitted by the high level committee six months back, the senior advocate said that the present State government has both the power and strength in the Assembly to implement the important recommendations, but sadly, it lacks the intention to do so.

“A series of misstatements by the State government and the BJP leaders show that they are pushing the responsibility onto the Central government merely to hold out excuses for not implementing the committee’s report,” he stated.

According to him the issue of reservation of land for indigenous people as recommended by the Clause Six committee is available from pages 57 to 59 of its report, where to reserve land and restrict sale and purchase of land amongst the indigenous population requires amendment to two legislations namely Assam Land Revenue and Regulations, 1886 and the Assam Agricultural Land (Regulation of Reclassification and transfer for non-agricultural purpose) Act, 2015.

These State legislation amendments have to be carried out by the State Assembly, and the Centre has no role or power in this regard, Hazarika said.

“The present BJP-led government has 87 MLAs, far in excess of the 64 MLAs required to carry out the amendments and reserve land for the indigenous. Legislations with regard to land are exclusively within the State government’s power. In fact, as the Commission appointed by the Supreme Court in 2015, I had submitted four reports and in my third report on October 4, 2015, I had recommended that to save the indigenous from foreign infiltration, necessary legislation should be brought in by the State Assembly whereby the sale, purchase and ownership of land is restricted to only those who were citizens of India in 1951 and residents in Assam and their descendants. This report was accepted by both the then Congress-led State government and BJP-led Central government,” he said adding that the same recommendations have been given by the high level committee five years later.

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