High-Level Committee For Clause 6 of Assam Accord

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The Government of India has constituted a High Level Committee comprising of eminent personalities of Assam representing various walks of life to examine the effectiveness of actions taken since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Accord, to assess the appropriate level of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people and to suggest measures to protect Assamese and other indigenous language of Assam.

(i) Justice (Retd.) Biplab Kumar Sarma, Former Judge, Gauhati High Court – Chairman
(ii) Shri Ramesh Borpatragohain, Advocate General, Assam – Member
(iii) Shri Niloy Dutta, Advocate General, Arunachal Pradesh – Member
(iv) Shri Subhash Das, IAS (Retd.) – Member
(v) Shri Pallav Bhattacharya, IPS (Retd.) – Member
(vi) Dr. Srishtidhar Dutta, Professor (Retd.) – Member
(vii) Shri Sumanta Chaliha, Author & Columnist – Member
(viii) Dr. Jaikanta Sharma, Professor & Columnist – Member
(ix) Mr. Wasbir Hussain, Senior Journalist – Member
(x) Dr. Samujjal Bhattacharya, – Member, Chief Adviser, All Assam Student Union (AASU)
(xi) Shri Dipanka Kumar Nath, – Member, President, All Assam Student Union (AASU)
(xii) Shri Lurinjyoti Gogoi, – Member, General Secretary, All Assam Student Union (AASU)
(xiii) Joint Secretary, North East, MHA – Member Secretary

The Committee will recommend appropriate level of reservations in employment under the Government of Assam for the Assamese people and suggest other measures necessary to protect, preserve and promote cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

In a written reply to MP Topon Kumar Gogoi Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy has unfolded the matter.

After signing of Assam Accord, 1985, a number of measures were taken to protect, preserve and promote cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people envisaged in Clause 6 of the Accord. These measures include establishment of Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra Complex with the financial support of Rs. 20.35 crores; modernization and up-gradation of Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio Society at Guwahati; financial assistance of Rs. 69.45 crore to 359 Satras of Assam; financial assistance of Rs. 10.00 crores for 14 historical monuments for their protection, preservation and development; establishment of an autonomous institution Anandaram Borooah Institute of Language Art & Culture Assam (ABILAC) with the aim to research development of indigenous language, art and culture of the State and establishment of two Central Universities at Tezpur and Silchar.

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