The AASU while addressing a press conference said they were releasing it only because the "government is just sitting idle".

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Tuesday released the confidential report in Guwahati.

The students’ body was a part of the Centre’s high-level committee on Clause 6 of Assam Accord.

The AASU while addressing a press conference said they were releasing it only because the “government is just sitting idle”.

“It has been more than five months since we submitted the report but there is simply no action from the government. People are asking us daily what happened to it.

“We have finally decided to release it as the people have the right to know,” AASU chief advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said.

As per Clause 6, Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

The bone of contention since the signing of the Accord was the definition of Assamese people, which the committee tried to address.

On February 25, the high-level committee on the implementation of Clause 6, headed by Justice (retd) BK Sharma, had submitted the report to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for handing it over to Union home minister Amit Shah.

“We do not know where the report is. Is it in the chief minister’s almirah or somewhere? Has it been sent to Delhi? It is not acceptable to neglect the report this way,” Bhattacharya said.

The report sought to implement the Assam Accord in letter and spirit, and also asked the government for prompt measures to seal the India-Bangladesh border.

It also suggested reservation of 80-100 per cent in Parliament seats from the state, while recommended creation of an Upper House in Assam.

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