Assam Assembly passes 3 autonomous council bills, heritage bill

GUWAHATI: The Assam Assembly on the closing day of the monsoon session on Wednesday passed 3 bills to set up autonomous councils for Moran, Motok and Kamtapur communities of Assam. It was when the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests were rocking the state after its passage in the Rajya Sabha that the government aired the idea of the creation of autonomous councils.

While Assam has 6 development councils besides 3 Sixth Schedule councils, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Constitutional status will be given to six development councils which will enable them to get central funding.”

On Wednesday the Assembly also passed the Assam Heritage (Tangible) Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Maintenance Bill, 2020 to protect, preserve and restore tangible heritage, which are presently not covered by the law.

In his remark, the Assam Chief Minister said that the passage of the bill was a in line with the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985 which provides for “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”.

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