New Panel to protect Assam’s Heritage

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High level Commission to implement Assam Accord

Prelims level: Assam Accord

Mains Paper :GS Paper- II in Polity & Governance

Why in News?

Cabinet approved setting up of a high-level committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.The composition and terms of reference of the committee, which will also look at issues related to the Bodo community, will be announced later.

Clause 6 of Assam accord:

  • Assam Accord was signed on 15th August, 1985.
  • Clause 6 of the Assam Accord “envisaged for Constitutional, Legislative and Administrative safeguard to protect, preserve and promote cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assam.
  • Recommends seats for indigenous communities in the state.

Must Read:Assam Accord (1985)

Role of Committee:

  • The committee will assess the requirement of measures to be taken to protect Assamese and other indigenous languages.
  • It will also Hold discussions with all stakeholders and assess the required quantum of reservation of seats in the Assam Assembly and local bodies for Assamese people.
  • Migrants who had entered Assam between 1951 and 1961 were to be given full citizenship including the right to vote.
  • Migrants who have tried to enter India after 1971 were to be deported.
  • Those who entered between 1961 and 1971 were to be denied voting rights for ten years but would enjoy all other rights of citizenship.
  • Issues of the Bodo people, especially the measures mentioned in the Memorandum of Settlement signed between the Government of India, Assam government and the Bodo Liberation Tigers Force in 2003.

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