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NRC to miss Dec. deadline

Verification of forms to take more time

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 7.08.17
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People submit forms at an NRC seva kendra. File picture

Guwahati, Aug. 6: The publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) is likely to miss the December 31 deadline and probably be released in March next year.

An official source said the field verification has been completed and the office verification of the applications is going on at present, which will take some time. The draft NRC can be prepared only after completing the verification. He said the NRC update, which has missed several deadlines, is unlikely to meet the December 31 target.

"Going by the current pace of work, the draft is unlikely to be published before March next year," the source said.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had earlier said the draft NRC will be ready by December 31 and was subsequently rapped by the Supreme Court for commenting on the preparation and publication of the draft NRC, when the court had been monitoring the process.

The source said verification by matching "family trees" was ongoing at present. Family tree details the different generations of a family, including the names of ancestors, parents, uncles and aunts, siblings and cousins.

He said unscrupulous elements may try to claim false linkage to any person who was a resident of Assam or any other part of the country before the cut-off date on the midnight of March 24, 1971, in order to enter his or her name in the NRC. "In order to unearth false claims, officials will have to cross-check all linkage claims. For this purpose, a software has been designed to check all the application forms and generate a computerised family tree containing the details of all persons who have claimed to be children/grandchildren of the same person," he said.

"Family trees were also prepared manually with the details collected from the applicants during house-to-house visits by the field verification teams. The computerised family trees are being matched with the manual family trees to identify false claims," the source said.

For example, he said if the software-generated report says there are seven brothers claiming linkage to a certain individual and the family submitted that there are six sons of the individual, then the verification team will be able to spot that one person is making a false claim.

According to a source, a huge number of suspected false claims were detected during the matching of family trees and notices will be issued to the people to explain how it had happened. If they fail to give a satisfactory explanation, their names will not be included in the draft NRC, he said. He said the inability of the state government to release funds timely and delay by some states in verification of documents sent to them had slowed down the progress of NRC update.

The NRC is being updated in Assam to include in the electoral roll the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951 or in any of the electoral rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, or in any of the admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971.

The NRC update in Assam began in 2015 and the first deadline was set for December 2016 which was subsequently revised to March this year and then to December.