Centre to set up HLC for implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord

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NEW DELHI | Jan 02, 2019:

The Union Cabinet today approved the setting up of a High Level Committee for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and measures envisaged in the Memorandum of Settlement, 2003 and other issues related to Bodo community.

Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh tweeted "The Committee shall examine the effectiveness of actions since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord."

The Committee will hold discussions with all stakeholders and assess the required quantum of reservation of seats in the State Assembly &local bodies for Assamese people"

Clause 6 of the Assam Accord envisaged that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, should be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

Furthermore, Singh informed that the Committee will also assess the requirement of measures to be taken to protect Assamese and other indigenous languages of Assam, quantum of reservation in employment under the state govt and other measures to protect, preserve & promote the cultural identity of Assamese people.

"The Cabinet also approved a number of measures to fulfill the outstanding issues related to the Bodo community," tweeted the Home Minister.

The Bodo Accord was signed in 2003 which resulted in the establishment of a Bodoland Territorial Council under Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India.