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    Clause 6 Committee Report Continues to gather ‘Dust’: Dispur yet to form Legal Experts’ Panel

    Notably, the high-level committee submitted its report to Sonowal on February 25

    GUWAHATI: The recommendations made by the high power Committee on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord continued to gather dust as the state government’s proposed panel of legal experts for examining them was yet to be formed.

    The state government in September had decided to set up the panel headed by a retired justice of either the Supreme Court or the high court after a discussion between Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.

    On Monday, during the ongoing winter session of the state assembly, the state government in a written reply to the questions of the current status of the recommendations of the Clause 6 Committee said that the panel was not ready.

    The leader of the Oppositions, Debabrata Saikia had enquired about the report.

    Assam’s parliamentary affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary in the reply said, “The state government had announced to set up the panel of legal experts to examine the recommendations of the high-level committee before sending it to the Centre. The process to set up the panel is still ongoing and delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

    The state government earlier advocated about the legal experts’ views saying that it will be necessary as the implementation of the high-level committee’s recommendations would necessitate amendment of certain sections of the Constitution of India.

    Sources said that the legal experts are supposed to submit their observations to the state government. Then the state government will add its comments to the observations and forward the same to the Central government.

    Notably, the high-level committee submitted its report to Sonowal on February 25. He had received the sealed report on behalf of union home minister Amit Shah.

    The 14-member committee was headed by Justice (retd) Biplab Kumar Sharma. The Union Home Ministry (MHA) had constituted the committee on July 15, 2019.

    Clause 6 of the Assam Accord envisages Constitutional, legislative and administrative measures to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

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