SC refuses to extend May 31 deadline for updating NRC
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to extend the May 31 deadline for the ongoing process of publishing the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam in the wake of panchayat elections in the State, saying the polls should not become an impediment.
“We have already said that the deadline for [updating] NRC is May 31 and the next 30 days for cross-checking of data till June 30. It can’t go beyond that and complete final draft should be ready by then. You deploy your surplus employees or request neighbouring States, but no employee engaged in NRC work can be spared or disturbed,” a Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman said.
The Bench’s remark came after the State government said the panchayat elections were due next month and urged that the employees engaged in NRC work be allowed to be deployed for the polls.
The apex court has further asked all State governments, railways, banks, CBSE, UIDAI and Ministry of External Affairs to assist the NRC officials in verification of the records within the stipulated period.
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