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Head of govt nominated panel on Assam quits

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

tourism M P Bezbaruah, who was appointed as the of a government nominated committee to assess the quantum of seats to be reserved in the Assembly for the Assamese, has declined the offer.

is the fifth member of the high-level panel who has refused to be a part of the committee, which will also assess the quantum of seats to be reserved in the local bodies in for the Assamese people besides providing other safeguards.

"I have conveyed to the that it is untenable for me to continue in the committee when the representatives of the refused to be part of the committee. Being of a committee, without members, does not make any sense," told

Those who have already quit the panel set up by the include the two presidents of the Sahitya Sabha, Nagen Saikia and Rongbong Terang, educationist Mukunda Rajbangshi and a nominee of the influential All (AASU).

The members had refused to be part of the committee, formed on January 6 under Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord, to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which they said posed a threat to Assamese culture and identity.

Others nominated to be a part of the panel included former IAS Subhash Das, former of The andadvocate general of AssamRamesh Borpatragohain.

The in the was nominated as the member

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, already passed by the Lok Sabha, seeks to grant Indian nationality to people belonging to minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- in Afghanistan, and after six years of residence in instead of 12, even if they don't possess any proper document.

The facility is available for those who had entered till December 31, 2014.

Is was an election promise of the in 2014.

The Assam Accord provides for deportation of anyone, irrespective of religion, who had come to the state after March 24, 1971.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 12:00 IST