Clause 6 of Assam Accord
The high-level committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord submitting its report to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The report prepared by the high-level committee set up by the Union home ministry on the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and its recommendations are still “under examination” of the state government, the Rajya Sabha was informed.

Six months have passed since the submission of Clause 6 report of the Assam Accord by the high-level committee to the Assam government.

The high-level committee was constituted in July 2019 for the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985 submitted its report to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in February.

“The high-level committee constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Clause 6 of Assam Accord has submitted its report to the government of Assam and its recommendations are under examination of the state government,” Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to a question on Wednesday.

The committee was formed to suggest measures and recommendations for the proper implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

The committee was supposed to “assess the appropriate level of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people”.

According to a Home Ministry notification, the committee will “recommend the appropriate level of reservations in employment under the government of Assam for the Assamese people”.

Meanwhile, in another matter in the Rajya Sabha, MoS for home Nityanand Rai said a large number of persons belonging to minority communities in Pakistan and Bangladesh, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, have come to India and are staying on long-term visa (LTV).

“Government has extended various facilities to such persons living in India on LTV. These include grant of LTV for a period of 5 years at a time, allowing children of such LTV holders to take admission in schools, colleges, universities, technical and professional institutions without any specific permission from the State Government and UT Administration,” said Rai.

“It also permits them to engage in employment in the private sector, purchase of dwelling units & accommodation for carrying out self-employment,” he added.

Rai said LTV also permits re-entry in India (Return Visa) after going to their native country and third country.

“Allowing free movement within the State/UT of stay, reduction of penalty on non-extension of LTV on time, opening of bank accounts, issuance of Driving License, PAN card and Aadhaar number etc.,” he said.

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