Assam Accord

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.
Assam Accord:
  • 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".

Posted by Jawwad Kazi on 12th Aug 2020