NRC now enigma, complete re-verification on card


NRC has gone to eternity as talk of complete re-verification is in the air following latest power point presentation by NRC Chief Prateek Hajela to all the parties.

The Assam government is likely to file an additional application in the Supreme Court seeking re-verification.

They are also going to insist on all 15 documents for verification, 5 of which have been opposed by Prateek Hajela.

The decision to seek re-verification came after officials of the State government and Centre attended a PowerPoint presentation that lasted nearly three hours. The presentation was given by State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela at the North Block where top Home Ministry officials, including Union Home Secretary Rajeev Gauba, Register of General of India Shri Sailesh, Joint Secretary (North-east) Satyendra Garg, were in attendance.

Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, who represents Assam along with a strong delegation of the Assam government led by State Chief Secretary Aloke Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary Home LS Changsan and the State government’s legal team, including the Chief Minister’s legal adviser Santanu Bharali, besides advocate Kapil Sibal, were also present at the briefing that remained inconclusive yesterday.

According to sources, they have taken note of certain issues, which they were not aware about. Hajela explained the process adopted during preparation of the NRC in detail and there were certain aspects the State government was unaware about. “Now that we have come to know the process adopted to prepare the NRC, we will draft our response accordingly,” said an official, who attended the briefing.

The State NRC Coordinator was to make a powerpoint presentation regarding the withdrawal of the five documents from the NRC verification process. The State government will file its response by October 30, as mandated by the apex court. “We will also move an application for reverification of the draft NRC in certain sensitive pockets of the State,” sources said.

As reported, the Supreme Court has already called for a sample verification of the 10 per cent of the names included in the NRC.

Sources confided that they have noticed that certain doubtful cases have been included in the draft NRC, while others have been excluded; hence, there is a need for reverification of the draft NRC in certain areas of the State.


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