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Assam: Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary says the process of engaging legal experts to examine the report on clause 6 Panel is on.

Assam’s Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said the process of engaging legal experts to examine the report containing the recommendations of the Justice Sarma Committee was on.

In a written reply to a question from Congress MLA and opposition leader Debabrata Saikia, he attributed the delay to the “situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Assam government has not examined the report of the panel formed for recommending measures for the implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord that had ended a six-year agitation against illegal immigration.

The clause seeks to guarantee constitutional safeguards for the Assamese people.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had in July 2019 constituted the 14-member panel headed by retired Gauhati High Court judge Biplab Kumar Sarma.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had accepted the report on behalf of the MHA after it was finalised in February.

The proposals included a reservation of 80-100% seats in the Assembly, Parliament and local bodies for the indigenous people and the introduction of the British-era Inner-Line Permit system in the state.

The committee also recommended that Indian citizens who were in the State in 1951 should be treated as “Assamese” for the purpose of giving reservation.

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