Nobody will be categorised an ‘original inhabitant’: Prateek Hajela

  • Nobody will be categorised an ‘original inhabitant’: Prateek Hajela
01-11-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

With December 31, the deadline set by the Supreme Court for the Assam government to publish the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, drawing near, the State coordinator of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Prateek Hajela on Tuesday said that nobody will be categorised an original inhabitant (OI) in the draft or the final NRC.

The issue of OI has increased rapidly into a controversy with several communities demanding that they should also be considered original inhabitants of Assam.

NRC coordinator Hajela said, “The NRC will only contain a list of Indian citizens and no categorisation such as original inhabitant or otherwise will be made.” The NRC office has also printed leaflets to be distributed among the public to remove misconception about the exercise.

The Supreme Court had ruled that all the members of the tea tribes shall be covered under “original inhabitants of Assam” category provided for under Clause 3(3) of the Schedule of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

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