Guwahati: The high-level committee which was formed to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is slated to meet at the North Block of the Home Ministry on July 24th, 2019.
Committee members headed by Justice (Retd) Biplab Kumar Sarma, a former judge of Gauhati High Court will examine the effectiveness of actions taken since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. They will also access the quantum of seats to be reserved in the Assam Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people. It will also assess the quantum of reservation for the indigenous people in government jobs.
It may be mentioned that a nine-member panel was set up in January this year for its implementation but was aborted in the wake of the widespread agitation against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
On July 16th, 2019, the Union Home Ministry constituted a 13-member high-level committee to implement Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord.
The panel members include Ramesh Borpatragohain, Advocate General, Assam; Niloy Dutta, Advocate General, Arunachal Pradesh; Subhash Das, IAS (retd); Pallav Bhattacharya, IPS (retd); Dr Srishtidhar Dutta, retired professor; Sumanta Chaliha, author and columnist; Dr Jaikanta Sharma, professor and columnist; Wasbir Hussain, senior journalist; Samujjal Bhattacharya, chief adviser, All Assam Students Union (AASU); Dipanka Nath, president, AASU; and Lurinjyoti Gogoi, general secretary, AASU.