Nagen Saikia, Rongbong Terang quit Centre’s MHA committee on Clause 6

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Guwahati, January 11: Former presidents of Assam Sahitya Sabha, Dr Nagen Saikia and Rongbong Terang have refused to be part of the high-level committee formed by the Ministry of home Affairs(MHA) for implementing Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Both the litterateurs  were nominated members for inclusion in the high-level committee formed by the MHA to look into the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985.

Saikia in a letter to the Joint Secretary (North East) of the Ministry of Home Affairs, expressed his inability to be a part of the committee and claimed that taking up Clause 6 and overlooking the Clause 5 would be violation of the Assam Accord.

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Terang also speaking in the same line expressed his inability by saying that “it makes no sense to talk about Assam Accord implementation without the AASU’s involvement”.

In his letter, Saikia has further mentioned that the point (e) of the notification itself was misleading and claimed that “the government’s stand to constitute such a committee is nothing but to befool the people of Assam”. He opposed the stand of the Government.

Saikia stated that the central government should take appropriate steps to ensure employment of the Assamese people rather then making reference to the state government.

The Assam Accord was a Memorandum of Settlement signed between representatives of the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement in New Delhi on August 15, 1985 in presence of Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister. A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the All Assam Students’ Union in 1979.