Guwahati: All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which was a part of the Centre’s high-level committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord, on Tuesday released the confidential report, saying that the public has the right to know the contents of the report which was submitted almost six months ago.
In a press meet, four members of the committee—top three AASU leaders and senior advocate Nilay Dutta—broke the silence over the “confidentiality” and made the report public saying the “government is just sitting idle”.
“It has been more than five months since we submitted the report but there is simply no action from the government. People are asking us daily what happened to it. We have finally decided to release it as the people have the right to know,” AASU chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said.
Clause 6 of the Accord says, “Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”
The 13-members high-level committee on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Accord, headed by Justice (Retd) Biplab Kumar Sharma signed the report on February 10. It was then submitted to the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on February 25, for handing it over to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
As per reports, the chairman of the committee had submitted the report to the chief minister in the presence of the state cabinet, top bureaucrats, and journalists.
“We do not know where the report is. Is it in the chief minister’s almirah or somewhere? Has it been sent to Delhi? It is not acceptable to neglect the report this way,” Bhattacharya said.
The committee in the report recommended the reservation of seats in Parliament, Assam Legislative Assembly, and local bodies. It suggested that 80 to 100 percent of seats in Parliament, which are allotted to Assam, should be reserved for the “Assamese people”.
Further, it recommended reservation of seats for the “Assamese people” in the Legislative Assembly to the extent of 80 to 100 percent which will be inclusive of pre-existing reservations.