Gogoi for appellate authority on NRC

Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi will move the home ministry demanding an appellate authority for genuine Indian citizens whose names do not figure in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Gogoi told reporters on Wednesday that a foreigners tribunal takes years to dispose of a case and hence an appellate authority should be formed to resolve cases of applicants whose names do not figure in the final NRC in a time-bound manner. He said he will ask Assam PCC to also move the ministry on the demand.

Gogoi’s demand has come at a time the NRC authority is yet to announce the date of publication of the final draft register. The NRC authority has said if applicants do not find their names in the complete draft, they can lodge a complaint before publication of the final NRC. A part draft of the NRC was published with names of 1.9 crore people on December 31 midnight.

The NRC update is being monitored by the Supreme Court.

Gogoi came out in defence of Silchar MP Sushmita Dev who took out a procession on Monday claiming only 30 to 35 per cent names of Barak Valley citizens figured in the part draft despite the NRC authority not providing an official district-wise break-up. Gogoi demanded NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to publish the district-wise data.

Gogoi expressed displeasure over names of many prominent people missing from the part draft describing it as a “careless” act of officials involved in the update work.

Rajiv Konwar Telegraph India

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