Upamanyu Hazarika Demands Safeguard To Indigenous Communities Under Clause 6 Of Assam Accord

Prabajan Virodhi Manch submitted a proposal demanding constitutional safeguard to the indigenous communities before the High-Level Committee for Implementation of the Assam Accord


Prabajan Virodhi Manch convenor Upamanyu Hazarika on November 11th, 2019, demanded the government to secure the identity and existence of the indigenous communities by implementing the clause 6 of the historic Assam Accord.

In this regard, the Manch submitted a proposal in the matter before the High-Level Committee for Implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Hazarika in a press communiqué stated as, “The the safeguards have to be in two stages and two different levels. First, it is necessary to reserve land, employment, trade licence, higher education opportunities for those citizens who were residents in Assam in 1951 or prior thereto and their progeny. This will correct the imbalance and injustice to the people of Assam for taking the burden of 23 years of additional migrants, unlike the rest of India and so that the newly granted citizens’ post-1951 do not enjoy co-equal rights as that of the existing citizens. This will ensure that all resources in Assam will be reserved only for those who are citizens in 1951 and not for those who became citizens after 1951.”

Hazarika further said, “There are over 115 ethnic communities in Assam numbering from 5,000 like Tai Phake and Tai Khamyang to 60 lakhs like the Koch Rajbongshis and the Tea Tribes, each facing its own threat to identity and existence. In the second stage, each of these communities has to be enabled to secure their identity and existence.”

The Manch convenor appealed the committee to first seek the views of the government in the matter before beginning the exercise.

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