Panel to scan NRC disputes

The Citizens' Rights Preservation Committee (CPRC), Assam, an organisation comprising advocates, educationists and intellectuals, on Saturday formed a committee to monitor disputes on NRC.

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 29.10.17
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Guwahati: The Citizens' Rights Preservation Committee (CPRC), Assam, an organisation comprising advocates, educationists and intellectuals, on Saturday formed a committee to monitor disputes on NRC.

The newly constituted Citizens' Rights Coordination Committee (CRCC) will monitor all disputes to be raised after the draft NRC is published in December. The committee comprises representatives from 14 social organisations of Assam.

"The news items published over the last few days, regarding the seemingly predetermined and biased approach of the authorities towards finalisation of the NRC, are a systematic misinformation campaign unleashed to terrorise the linguistic and religious minorities of Assam. We will fight for the safeguard of the constitutional and human rights of genuine Indian nationals," general secretary of CRPC Bidhayak Das Purkayastha said.

The CRCC will work towards creating and sustaining constructive and inclusive atmosphere for ensuring healthy coexistence among different communities of Assam, he added.

CRPC is a party in the ongoing case in the Supreme Court regarding the definition of original inhabitant.

Purkayastha said, the monitoring committee will also work for the case, so that indigenous people of Assam get justice.

The Assam unit of the BJP on Saturday said some organisations and people have been continuously trying to hamper the NRC update process.

Assam BJP spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora said, "Only two days ago, home minister Rajnath Singh, after a meeting with chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, announced safeguards for indigenous inhabitants, especially the minorities, in NRC. Some organisations, despite the announcement, have been trying to spread fake news among the minorities in the state. All sections of society should be aware of such miscreants."Recently, co-ordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Prateek Hajela, told the Supreme Court that of the 48 lakh people whose panchayat certificates were invalidated by the Gauhati High Court, 17.4 lakh have been identified as original inhabitants. The rest are being examined. This statement of Hajela, create havoc among many minority people of the state.

Again, on October 26, operational group of the Unified Command met here to discuss the security situation in Assam in the run-up to publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).