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Citizenship Bill: Sonowal says interests of indigenous people will be protected

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Facing widespread protests over the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, Thursday assured the indigenous people of the state that their interests will be protected by implementing clause 6 of the Accord.

Earlier, speaking at a Fish Food festival here, the urged the people to keep faith on the government and maintain harmony.

He said the indigenous people of the state should not feel threatened as the government was not going to allow anyone to harm their interests.

said too many movements and agitations are hampering the growth of the state.

He urged the people to start a positive movement to develop the state at a rapid pace.

Asked by journalists about the Bill on the sidelines of the festival, refused to comment but assured Clause 6 of Accord will be implemented to protect the interests of the indigenous people of the state.

Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, signed on August 15, 1985, after a prolonged agitation from 1979 to 1985, envisaged that appropriate constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.

Speaking at the festival organised by the Assam Fisheries Development Corporation Limited, he said the fishery sector has immense potential and people must vigorously engage in it for deriving maximum benefits.

"Assam is blessed with abundant water resources and we have the capacity to become biggest and exporter of fish in the country," he said and emphasised on adoption of latest for augmenting fish production.

Referring to the Act East Policy of the central government, Sonowal urged the youth of the state to take up fishery as a profession and contribute to the cause of making the state self-reliant in fish production.

Saying countries like have been able to sell fish imported from at a higher rate by catering to the needs of the European consumers, Sonowal urged the people to adopt such practices to derive maximum benefits from the fish produced in the state.

He also informed that cargo service has been launched recently in the state through which state's farmers can export and sell their products in different parts of the country and the world and urged the fish producers to take advantage of the facility.

The government is taking all steps to popularise farming among the youth as a respectable means of livelihood, he state.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:00 IST