Cong offers NRC ‘help’

Guwahati: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) on Sunday gave 250 bighas of land in lower Assam’s Kokrajhar district to pro-talks Ulfa cadres to take up farming.

The land was ceremonially handed over to the Ulfa cadres by BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary at a function in Tintila, about 25km from Kokrajhar town, in the presence of BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary and Ulfa general secretary Anup Chetia.

“At the function, Mohilary announced that land will also be given to Ulfa cadres in Udalguri, Chirang and Baksa districts for their rehabilitation,” Chetia said.

He said they intend to develop these lands as farms by cultivating dragon fruit, apple berry, turmeric, baukul, among others, which have a high demand in domestic as well as in foreign markets.

Bora said the Congress supports the 1985 Assam Accord and the solution of the foreigners problem in the state should be solved based on the cut-off date set by the Assam Accord.

He reiterated that the NRC update process began in 2005 when the Congress was in power.

Bora said because of hasty publication of the part draft, NRC verification of documents in 13 districts of the state was very low.

“The districts with low verification percentages are from religious and linguistic minority communities,” he said.

Bora on Thursday had written to the registrar general of India (RGI) that after publication of the part draft NRC, it came to light that in 208 NRC seva kendras in the 13 districts of the state, the work of verification had not done properly.

“In fact, in those centres, only a few applications were verified as a result of which the names of only 10 per cent population have appeared in the first part of the draft,” a memorandum submitted by Bora to the registrar general of India said.

Bora said Bengal chief minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s statement that the NRC was a “conspiracy” to expel Bengalis from the state was “unwanted” and “premature”.

RAJIV KONWAR Telegraph India

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