Officer in Assam to take stock of NRC update

Registrar General of India Sailesh with officials at the meeting in Barpeta on Wednesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: The Registrar-General and census commissioner of India, Sailesh, on Wednesday visited Assam and took stock of the update process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Sailesh held a video conference with the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of all districts from Barpeta in lower Assam and discussed issues relating to preparation of the complete draft NRC, which is to be published by June 30.

Sailesh's visit came a day after a delegation of Congress MLAs from Assam met Union home minister Rajnath Singh and complained of "discrepancies" in the NRC update process.

Official in the NRC office, however, said Sailesh's visit was a prescheduled one.

A memorandum submitted by the Congress delegation to Singh on Tuesday highlighted various acts of "omission and commission" by the state NRC authority, such as issuing directives without the knowledge of the Supreme Court.

The NRC authority has completed the document verification process for the NRC update. People in Assam are hopeful that an updated NRC will solve the state's longstanding foreigner problem by detecting them.

On the other hand, a team of senior Assam government officers, led by chief secretary T.Y. Das and comprising additional chief secretary (home) Alok Kumar, director-general of police Kuladhar Saikia, special DGP (SB) Pallab Bhattacharyya and inspector-general of police (law and order) Deepak Kumar visited lower Assam's Darrang district on Wednesday and took stock of the law and order and internal security situation of Darrang, Udalguri and Sonitpur districts.

The DCs, SPs and senior officers of police, army and CRPF engaged in the districts took part in the discussions. Various issues relating to internal security and law and order were discussed threadbare. The meeting highlighted the importance of constant interaction with people of all walks of life to allay their apprehensions, facilities available to people in respect of claims and objections and other relevant issues. This was the third meeting of the high-powered team which will also visit the remaining districts of Assam before publication of draft NRC.

Talking to the media this afternoon, DGP Saikia said the police is monitoring social media so that it cannot be misused to instigate violence before and after publication of the draft NRC.

The Kamrup (metro) administration on Wednesday served show cause notices to 15 employees of two NRC seva kendras at Maligaon and Pandu in Guwahati for coming late for work on Tuesday.

Assam State Jamiat Ulama said a delegation led by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind president Qari Syed Muhammad Usman Mansoorpuri met national security adviser Ajit Doval on Tuesday, intimating him that the minorities in Assam were becoming anxious as the day of publication of the final draft NRC was approaching.


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