283 teams to speed up NRC process in Guwahati
The verification process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be executed by 238 teams in Kamrup (Metro) district.
Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner, M Angamuthu said, “The teams will visit the households and clear all the doubts on the documents which were found confusing.”
The development comes close on the heels of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the Centre’s plea to extend the deadline for the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Sources in the district administration explained that some documents of applicants related to the mandatory requirement of “family tree” were puzzling. “The doubts would be laid to rest and then submitted to the NRC.”
There are 11.5 lakh applicants from Guwahati out of a total of 3.29 crores from the entire state.
The source said that after the apex court’s order on 1st December, it has been decided by the administration to stall all other works and complete the NRC process before the deadline.
The administration is expected to complete the verification process by 14th December. Subsequently, the names of the applicants would be sent to the NRC for publication in the draft list.
The first draft list of NRC which will be published on or before 31st December will cover 2.37 crore applicants from the entire state after the ruling by the Supreme Court.
NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had informed the apex court that the draft NRC of 2 crore people can be published by 31 December but he is yet to enumerate 37 lakh more people. He said he could publish the list by January 15 after further vetting.
Hajela also informed the court that he was yet to complete the verification of 29 lakh people who had submitted gaon panchayat certificates.
The court has asked the coordinator to complete the process and publish the list but did not specify any timeframe.
Plea to extend NRC deadline was BJP’s politics: Cong
Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the Centre’s plea for extending the NRC publication deadline, the Congress party said that the NDA government at the Centre wanted to play politics by delaying the work on the register.
State leader of Opposition, Debabrata Saikia said, “The BJP did not want to lose their vote banks before the panchayat elections.”
Backing the leader of opposition’s view, former Congress state minister, Pradyut Bordoloi said, “The bill for regularisation of Hindu Bangladeshi foreigners and providing them citizenship is lying with a select committee of the Parliament. The BJP wants to provide citizenship to all the Hindu Bangladeshi migrants.”