Six mem­bers of As­sam panel opt out

Sunday Express - - INDIA - PRASANTA MAZUM­DAR

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.

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