Cachar body asks PM to intervene

The Cachar district unit of Akhil Bharatiya Adhibakta Parishad has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and ensure re-inclusion of all government documents issued on and prior to March 24, 1971, and any other documents that established having lived in India since prior to this date, for inclusion of one's name in the National Register of Citizens being updated in Assam.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Hailakandi
  • Published 19.09.18
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Hailakandi: The Cachar district unit of Akhil Bharatiya Adhibakta Parishad has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and ensure re-inclusion of all government documents issued on and prior to March 24, 1971, and any other documents that established having lived in India since prior to this date, for inclusion of one's name in the National Register of Citizens being updated in Assam.

In a memorandum to Modi, the Parishad said corrective measures should be taken for giving justice to the "most-affected Partition victims of India, who have been residing in Assam since prior to March 24, 1971 or their descendants."

The memorandum said the NRC process in the state is being updated under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court as per Section 14A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and rule 4 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Card) Rules, 2003. "But the main reason for our concern is the recent report of changed modalities for claims for inclusion of names of those citizens of India-cum-permanent residents of Assam and of their descendants in the final NRC list." it said.

The memorandum contended that NRC coordinator for Assam Prateek Hajela's report had "injected unnecessary fear and anxieties in the already troubled minds of the Partition victims of India and their descendants". It alleged that Hajela had struck off five basic documents out of the original 15. These are 1951 NRC, voter lists upto March 24, 1971, citizenship certificates, refugee registration certificates and ration cards issued prior to March 24, 1971. These were valid till the publication of the final draft on July 30. The memorandum further said the updation of the NRC in Assam is going on as per the provisions of Assam Accord but the very essence of the accord has been changed by Hajela because the Assam Accord specified March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date.