Less than two weeks after the Union Cabinet announced a high-level committee to implement Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord, its chairman and former Union tourism secretary M P Bezbaruah has refused to be a part of the panel, becoming the fifth of its nine members to drop out. Without the presence of those members, he said, the committee “becomes defunct”.
Speaking to The Sunday Express over the phone, Bezbaruah said, “I have informed the Home Ministry about my decision. It is untenable for me to continue in the committee when the representatives of the civil society have refused to be a part of it. Being the head of a committee without civil society members does not make any sense.”