Assam Civil Service officer Babulal Sarma was on Saturday appointed as the NRC State Coordinator (in-charge) in place of Prateek Hajela, who ensured publication of the final version of the National Register of Citizens on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.
Earlier, the state government had appointed Hitesh Dev Sarma as the successor of Hajela, his appointment drew criticism from different sections of society.
It may be mentioned here that HD Sarma’s social media posts have gone viral across all political spectrums and bureaucracy and questions were raised about his impartiality in the NRC process. Later, various political leaders and organisation asked CM Sarbananda Sonowal to appoint an impartial person to replace Hajela. According to sources, CM Sarbananda Sonowal asked Hitesh Dev Sarma to lay low following the controversy erupted over his series of social media outburst against Prateek Hajela.
Meanwhile, Sarma reportedly took leave on one-month from November 15 to December 15, and the NRC has been left without a guardian.