Assam Accord (Clause 6)

Assam Accord (Clause 6) - Context/Background

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

What is Clause 6? What does it specify?

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

What to expect from the committee?

  • Inclusiveness towards Assamese people and the discussion with all stakeholders, evaluation of the actual need for 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, and reservations in employment at the Assam state level.
  • Discuss the suggest administrative, legislative, and constitutional protections and assess the effectiveness and usefulness of since 1985 to deploy clause 6
  • Closely and carefully evaluate the issues of the Bodo people, especially 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/realize everlasting expectations/suppositions of the Assamese people.

  • The Assam Accord came into the picture at the wrong time, the Center is already been criticized for the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, granting citizenship to the migrant minority from neighboring countries of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan as well.
  • Assam Accord specifies, that any individual who stepped (came to Assam, with an intention to live and settle) to the state after the midnight of March 24th, 1971 deemed a foreigner. The Bill seems to hamper the Assam Accord, making segregation of people (migrants) based on religion.

What is Assam Accord?

  • The Assam Accord (1985) is the settlement agreement (MoS) signed and agreed upon between Leaders of the Assam Movement, and the Government of India in New Delhi (15th August 1985)
  • It helped to end the long-lasted, Assam agitation, and 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 be awarded citizenship except for voting rights (no voting rights for 10 years).
  • Migrants who came after 1971 are supposed to be deported back to their home countries (especially Bangladesh migrants).