Indigenous Forum, Assam, a joint platform of over 30 ethnic organisations, on November 1st, 2019, demands constitutional safeguard under clause 6 of the historic 1985 Assam Accord to genuine indigenous people of the state.
Speaking to the media persons, convenor of the forum, Anup Chetia said, “We have submitted a list of 87 indigenous communities of Brahmaputra valley and 19 of the Barak valley for constitutional safeguard before the High-Level Committee for Implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord in its public hearing held in Guwahati.”
The general secretary of the pro-talk United Liberation Front of Asom further said, “The existence of the indigenous people of the state is on the verge of extinction. Hence, to protect the rights of the indigenous people, we want constitutional safeguard under clause 6 of the Accord.”
Clause VI of the Accord, which was signed between the government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement, deals with constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards for Assamese people.
The 14-member committee, chaired by Justice (Retd) Biplab Kumar Sarma, heard from Newspaper Editors, organisations representing various ethnic communities, political parties and civilians on the implementation of clause 6.
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