MHA takes stock of preparedness of Assam in the run up to publication of final draft of NRC

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GUWAHATI, July 4: Union ministry of Home affairs (MHA) takes stock of preparedness of Assam in the run up to publication of final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC). The final draft of NRCNSE 2.22 % will be published on July 30.
The State Coordinator of NRC, Prateek Hajela has stated in Supreme Court that names of around 1.50 lakh persons, whose names appeared in the first draft published on December 31 last year, would not be included in the final draft.
The partial draft of NRC was published on December 31, 2017. Names of around 1.90 crore people appeared in the first draft.
Hajela said around 65,694 persons, whose names appeared in the first draft could not be included due to mismatch in family tree verification. Around 48,456 married women who provided Panchayat certificates as linkage were also found to be non-admissible. In quality control check 19, 783 persons were found to be unacceptable.
The apex court has extended by one month the date of publication of final draft by NRC, NRC directorate missed the deadline of June 30 owing to flooding in the state.
MHA officials along with Assam Chief Secretary, T Y Das , Director General of Police (DGP) and Special DGP (Special branch) reviewed the emerging situation.
Police has started monitoring the social media platforms. Security forces have mapped sensitive zones in each district and Superintendent of police of respective districts has prepared reports regarding security and sensitivity. Security agencies dwelt on ways to deal with resentment of people whose names will not be there in NRC.
Earlier Assam has sought 150 additional companies of Central para military forces (CPMF) in the wake of NRC publication. MHA will again review the Assam’s preparedness.
Assam DGP, “We have sought additional CPMF and Centre has assured of all support in this regard.”
Special DGP (Special branch) told ET, “We discussed precautionary measures in the places where persons names do not figure in the drat NRC.”
He added, “We discussed measure to foil any design by unscrupulous elements in the wake of NRC publication. We have to ensure that there is no law and order problem following NRC publication.”
Bhattacharyya further said that emphasis was given on intensifying campaign on how to go about in filling claims and objections and what is the grievance mechanism available if a person do not find his the name in the draft NRC.
Former congress minister, Siddique Ahmed warned that situation of Assam will be worse than Myanmar after publication of NRC. “Attempts are made to create divide between Barak and Brahmaputra valley.”  (Courtesy: ET)