TELL US THE BACKDROP

  • After Assam agitation of 1979-1985, Assam Accord was signed on 15th August, 1985.

WHAT IS CLAUSE 6?

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

AN ANALYSIS

  • However, it has been felt that Clause 6 of the Assam Accord has not been fully implemented even almost  35 years after the Accord was signed.
  • The Cabinet, therefore, approved the setting up of a High Level Committee to suggest constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards as envisaged in Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.
  • The Committee shall examine the effectiveness of actions since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.  
  • 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 Government of Assam and other measures to protect, preserve and promote cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assamese people.

THE ASPIRATIONS OF BODO COMMUNITY

  • The Cabinet also approved a number of measures to fulfil the outstanding issues related to the Bodo community.  
  • 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.
  • However, there have been representations from different organizations of Bodos to fulfil various outstanding demands.
  • The Cabinet approved the establishment of a Bodo Musuem-cum-language and cultural study center, modernization of existing All India Radio Station and Doordarshan Kendra at Kokrajhar
  • And naming a Superfast Train passing through BTAD as ARONAI Express.