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Government not interested to protect indigenous: Upamanyu Hazarika

GUWAHATI: Senior advocate and convener of Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) Upamanyu Hazarika on Tuesday banked on that the State government and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leaders have no intention of protecting the indigenous and implementing the Clause 6 committee report. Hazarika opined that their intentions are evident from their series of misstatements and pushing the responsibility onto the Central government, merely to hold out excuses for not implementing the report.

“This even includes implementation of the recommendation of the committee which relate to subjects and issues within the exclusive power and domain of the State Government and State Legislature.

The issue of reservation of land for indigenous people as recommended by the Clause 6 committee is available from pages 57 to 59 of its report where to reserve land and restrict sale and purchase of land amongst the indigenous population requires amendment of two Acts of the Assam Assembly namely Assam Land Revenue and Regulations, 1886 and the Assam Agricultural Land (Regulation of Reclassification and transfer for non-agricultural purpose) Act, 2015,” Hazarika stressed.

He asserted that there is no role or power of the Central government as regards land, which in terms of the Constitution of India the power to make laws is vested exclusively in the State Assembly and State Government. “The present government and the leaders are past masters at giving false assurances of protecting the indigenous, only to extract their votes,” Hazarikaadded.

Source: The Sentinel

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