Six members of Assam panel opt out
THE Centre’s decision to constitute a nine-member high-level committee for “effective implementation” of Clause 6 of the historic Assam Accord has hit roadblocks as six members opted out.
The latest to snub the committee is former Union Tourism Secretary M P Bezbaruah, who was to have headed it. He said on Saturday that he would not be a part of it.
“There is no point heading or being a part of a committee that doesn’t have members,” Bezbaruah said. He expressed his inability to head the committee. He was miffed that the Centre had decided on forming the committee without taking the members into confidence.
The committee was notified on January 7 last and it was to have senior Guwahati-based journalist D N Bezbaruah, lit- terateurs Nagen Saikia and Rongbong Terang, educationist Mukunda Rajbongshi, retired IAS officer Subash Das, Assam’s Advocate General Ramesh Borpatra Gohain and a representative of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) as members. The Central government was to have been represented by joint secretary (Northeast) in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Satyendra Garg.