GUWAHATI, Jan 6 - There is no point in forming a high powered committee to suggest measures for implementing Clause 6 of the Assam Accord by violating Clause 5 of the Accord through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. This was the view expressed by the All Assam Students� Union on the formation of a High Powered Committee headed by retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer MP Bezbaruah.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU Chief Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the Government is only trying to hoodwink the people of the State through the formation of the committee. He pointed out that the Government agreed to provide constitutional protection to the indigenous people of Assam through Clause of the Assam Accord in return of keeping the foreigners who came to Assam up to the midnight of March 24, 1971. Though a member from the AASU has been included in the Committee, he said that there is no point in accepting it till the Citizenship Bill is withdrawn.
He pointed out that as per the provisions of Clause 5 of the Accord, the Government promised to detect and deport the foreigners, who came to Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971 and there was no mention of dividing foreigners on the basis of their religion. Now the Government is trying to give citizenship to foreigners who entered Assam after the cut off date mentioned in Clause 5 of the Accord through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is not acceptable.
Bhattacharya also said that several key decisions were taken by the tripartite sub committee on implementation of Clauses 6 and 7 of the Accord, which remained on paper only. He also pointed out that during a discussion in 2017, the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh promised to revive the tripartite sub committee, but that was not done. He further alleged that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is yet to hold any talk with the AASU on the implementation of the Assam Accord, which proves lack of sincerity of the Government in this regard.