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Assam lacks intention in implementing recommendations of committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord: PVM

Prabajan Virodhi Manch, an anti-infiltration group, on Wednesday alleged the BJP-led state government and its leaders of not being committed to implement the recommendations of the high-level committee on the Clause 6 of Assam Accord 1985.

The 14-member committee headed by Justice (retd) B K Sharma, had submitted their recommendations on implementing Claus 6 of Assam Accord to the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for handing it over to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on February 25.

The lack of intentions, Upamanyu Hazarika, convenor of the group, said is evident from the “series of misstatements and pushing off of the responsibility onto the central Government.”

He maintains, “There is no role or power of the Central Government as regards land, which in terms of the Constitution of India the power to make laws is vested exclusively in the State Assembly and State Government.”

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had last Sunday met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah who, Sarma later told media, had instructed to get the recommendations first examined by legal experts and the send to the Centre.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had constituted the committee to institute safeguards in the legislation.

Hazarika said, “In fact, as being the Commission appointed by the Honourable Supreme Court in 2015, I had submitted four reports and in my third report of 4th October, 2015, I had recommended that to save the indigenous from foreign infiltration, necessary legislation should be brought in by the State Assembly whereby the sale, purchase and ownership of land is restricted to only those who were citizens of India in 1951 and residents in Assam and their descendants. This report was accepted by both the then Congress led state Government and BJP led Central Government. This is the same recommendation which the Clause 6 committee has given five years later in its report.”

To implement the recommendations, Hazarika said, the State legislative Assembly needs to reserve land and restrict sale and purchase of land amongst the indigenous population by amending two Acts — Assam Land Revenue and Regulations, 1886 and the Assam Agricultural Land (Regulation of Reclassification and transfer for non-agricultural purpose) Act, 2015.

“These state enactments/legislation, amendments have to be carried out by the state assembly. The present BJP led Government has 87 MLAs, far in excess of the 64 MLAs majority in the 126-member house, required to carry out the amendments and reserve land for the indigenous,” Hazarika said.

State government have taken up the recommendations of the committee to the centre months after All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, a member of the committee had released its recommendations alleging the State government was “sitting idle” on it.

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