NRC: 9,000 excluded Assam residents find alternative to prove citizenship

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Around 9,000 residents of Assam, reportedly excluded from the complete draft of the NRC, have applied to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) for issuing duplicate admit cards of higher secondary examinations held before 1973 to them, a senior board official said on Wednesday.

The admit card of the secondary examination is an important document as the date of birth of an examinee is mentioned in it.

The state Education Department had forwarded the applications for the duplicate admit cards to the WBBSE since July 2018, he said.

“So far, we have issued and dispatched admit cards to 6,000 applicants, who actually hailed from Tripura and later migrated to Assam. They had passed the Madhyamik Pariksha (secondary examination) under the WBBSE before 1973,” WBBSE president Kalyanmoy Ganguly said

“We are in the process of screening the rest of the applications on a war footing,” he told.

Ganguly said that those who have applied for the duplicate admit cards may have lost the original document.

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