Response from other states not satisfactory: Hajela
The State NRC authority has so far received lukewarm response from the governments of other states across the country, with regard to the verification of official documents sent out.
State Coordinator of NRC, Prateek Hajela said during a press meet at State NRC Office that 2,68,395 documents have been sent out to 28 states and in return verification of just 5,029 were received. Hajela further informed that NRC Assam will eventually send out 5.25 lakh documents to other states for verification.
As stated by the officer, total of 64,547 documents were sent out to West Bengal, and replies have been received against just 30 documents. Similarly, 49,692 documents were sent to Nagalnd, to which Kohima responded back with only 542 documents.
Another 34,438 documents have been sent to Meghalaya and replies have been received with regard to 493 of them. Of the 33,486 documents sent to Arunachal Pradesh for verification, replies have been received for only 290.
On a saddening note, Bihar has not yet responded to even one of the 31,380 documents send by NRC Assam.
The best positive response has been received by Tripura. Out of 25,008 documents sent out from Assam, the State officials responded back with 1,049 documents.
The NRC Coordinator also said that 137 cases have been registered against fake or forged submission of documents. 33 cases has been registered in Nalbari district, followed by 17 in Barpeta and 14 in Nagaon. Another five cases have been registered in Dhubri, six in Cachar, two in Chirang, five in Morigaon, six in Bongaigaon, five in Karbi Anglong, nine in Kamrup, 11 in Darrang, six in Kokrajhar, four in Goalpara, three in Hailakandi, three in Sonitpur, one in Karimganj, two in Dima Hasao, one in Jorhat, one in Golaghat and three in Dibrugarh.
Commenting upon the issue of NRC documents, the coordinator said, “We are trying to speed up work as quickly as possible but without compromising on the quality of verification.”