Why is it in news?
- Some members of the Centre’s high-level committee headed by retired judge Biplab Kumar Sharma on implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord made their ‘confidential’ report public because of the government’s ‘disinterest’ in processing their recommendations.
- The committee had submitted report in February.
- Rajiv Gandhi government signed an agreement with the protesters - AASU and All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad in 1985 bringing the agitation to an end.
- The agreement between the Centre and the protesters is called the Assam Accord.
- In the 15 clauses of the Assam Accord, the key focus areas were:
(1) Foreigners issue
(2) Economic development
(3) Restricting acquisition of immovable property by foreigners
(4) Prevention encroachment of government lands
(5) Registration of births and deaths
- This was done to ensure protection of political, social, economic and cultural identity of the local people.
- Clause 6 of the Assam Accord: Constitutional, legislative and administrative steps will be taken by the Centre to "protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people".