Cong slams Hajela's proposal

The PCC on Tuesday said Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela's proposal to reduce the number of documents for those who have applied to get their names included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is unconstitutional.

By Raja Das in Guwahati
  • Published 12.09.18
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Guwahati: The PCC on Tuesday said Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela's proposal to reduce the number of documents for those who have applied to get their names included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is unconstitutional.

The 1951 NRC is being updated in Assam to enlist Indian citizens and weed out illegal immigrants.

"The initial modalities for the inclusion of names in the first and final draft of the NRC included 15 documents from list-A. Based on these modalities, altogether 3.29 crore people had furnished documents to include their names in the NRC and 2.89 crore people made it to the final draft. Now, restricting 40.07 lakh people, who are claiming to include their names in the final NRC, to 10 documents instead of 15 is unconstitutional," Assam PCC president Ripun Bora said here on Tuesday.

He said, "The initial modalities of admissible documents, developed for the NRC, passed through the hands of several higher authorities - from Registrar General of India (RGI) and the home ministry to the Supreme Court. All these parties had approved the modalities."

Bora alleged the proposal to the Supreme Court to cut the number of documents by Hajela is like "disrespecting" the approval of such higher authorities.

"We urge the Supreme Court to heed our demand and not accept the proposal, which is a political dictation to Hajela by the government in power," Bora said.

Stating that Hajela's proposal is "self-contradictory", the Assam BJP on Monday had urged the Centre and the state government to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court against Hajela's proposal.

Assam BJP president Ranjeet Dass had on Monday questioned Hajela's authority in taking a "unilateral decision" without taking the people of the state and all the stakeholders into confidence.