Assam citizens’ registry exercise is flawed: Congress

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Guwahati, April 28: The Congress has alleged that people of Assam were being issued notices on flimsy grounds and “at very short notice” asking them to appear for verification of their documents for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is being updated.
A delegation led by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora on Friday met NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela and submitted a memorandum for “checking harassment of people in the name of verification of documents” in preparation of the Supreme Court-monitored NRC.
‘Unending circulars’
The Congress alleged that citizens, primarily from remote rural areas and low on literacy, were being harassed, and that the entire exercise was being executed in haste. “There seems to be a never-ending issuance of notices and circulars to citizens in various districts to appear in remote corners of the State for verification of their documents,” the memorandum said.
“The system put in place by the State Coordinator of NRC is fundamentally flawed,” it said. The nine-point memorandum also sought appointment of sensitised personnel at the verification centres to guide poor and illiterate people.
The Registrar General of India, Sailesh, said the final NRC draft would be published by May 31. The first draft, recognising 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants, was published in December. (Courtesy: The Hindu)