GUWAHATI, August 23: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday reviewed the law and order situation of the state ahead of the final publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31 so that there is no disruption of peace after the release of the citizens’ document.
In a meeting with deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs) of all districts here, Sonowal directed them to ensure that the prevailing peace in the state is not hampered due to any misunderstanding regarding the NRC process.
He also instructed the district administrations to take help of public representatives like MLAs, Zilla Parishad members, Panchayat members and dedicated NGOs to maintain order in the state.
Sonowal said even people excluded from NRC would not be treated as foreigners ’ Tribunals are the ultimate authority in declaring a person foreigner after a stipulated process.
Union home ministry has recently said non-inclusion of a person’s name in the NRC does not by itself amount to being declared as a foreigner as they would be given adequate opportunity to present their case before the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs). A home ministry statement said it would amend the rules to increase the present time limit for filing of appeals in FTs from 60 days to 120 days regarding exclusion from the final NRC.
Sonowal asked DCs and SPs to tour extensively in their respective districts to clear doubts from and disseminate correct information about NRC to the people.
“People of the state will extend their full cooperation this time also like in the time of publication two draft NRCs in maintaining peace and harmony. Police should keep tabs on misinformation and rumours are not spread in social media,” Sonowal said. (TNN)