Assam Accord (Clause 6)

Assam Accord (Clause 6) - Context/Background

Assam Accord

A high-level of committee has to be setup by the Union Home Ministry. It is expected to look after the implementation of “Clause 6 of Assam Accord”. It will rectify the issues related to the Bodo community.

What is Clause 6? What does it specifies?

To protect the heritage of he Assamese People put forward their expectations, the Govt. of India to provide protection, perseverance and means to promote cultural, social and linguistic identities of the Assamese people. To make this happen, the Govt. of India should provide stronghold through constitutional, legislative and administrative protection.

What to expect from the committee?

  • Inclusiveness towards Assamese people and the discussion with all stakeholders, evaluate about actual need of reservations seats in Assam State Assembly and appointment of local bodies for Assamese people.
  • Device and deploy the measures, to safeguard the indigenous Assamese languages, local dialects, reservations in employment in Assam state level.
  • Discuss the suggest administrative, legislative and constitutional protections and assess the effectiveness and usefulness of the since 1985 to deploy the clause 6
  • Closely and carefully evaluate the issues of Bodo people, specially the steps to be taken as mentioned in the Memorandum of Settlement signed between, State Govt., Central Govt., and BLTF (Bodo Liberation Tigers Force) in the year 2003.

Significance and Expected outcome

The establishment of the committee will ease the way for further Assam Accord and will help attain/realise everlasting expectations/suppositions of Assamese people.
  • The Assam Accord, came into picture at wrong time, the Center is already been criticized for the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, granting citizenship the migrant minority from neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well.
  • Assam Accord specifies, any individual stepped (came to assam, with intention to live and settle) to the state after the midnight of March 24th 1971 deemed to as foreigner. The Bill seems to hamper the Assam Accord, making segregation of people (migrant) based on religion.

What is Assam Accord?

  • The Assam Accord (1985) is the settlement agreement (MoS) signed and agreed between Leaders of Assam Movement, and Government of India at New Delhi (15th August 1985)
  • It helped to end the longlasted, Assam agitation, hiccup and created a government soon after the settlement agreement.
  • The Assam Accord specifies that migrants who came between the time period of 1966 and 1971 will awarded citizenship except voting right (no voting right for 10 years).
  • Migrants who came after 1971 are supposed to be deported back to their home countries (specially Bangladesh migrants).

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