Guwahati: Kamrup (metro) district is yet to verify around 50,000 documents submitted by applicants to update their names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The Supreme Court on November 30 had asked the state government to publish the draft NRC by December 31.
“Kamrup (metro) district has completed verification of 7,16,225 documents issued by different authorities that constitutes 93 per cent of the total documents,” said a statement released by the district administration. It added that NRC officials and staff are working on the final verification and the draft-writing process.
Altogether 2,66,224 applicants had applied to update their names in the NRC in the district, covering five revenue circles and 78 NRC seva kendras. The district administration has formed 281 verification teams for house-to-house field verification that began on Friday. The teams will investigate on of behalf of the district magistrate (deputy commissioner). They will verify the documents submitted by the applicants wherever there is some discrepancy.
During this exercise, the verification teams will check the original copies of the documents which were earlier submitted by the applicants, wherever the need arises.
“Writing of the final draft is under way. The draft NRC will consist the names of the eligible applicants, along with their village names and ward numbers in case of town or city. The writing is being done at NRC seva kendras,” the statement said.
“Additional 1,100 people have been deputed from various departments to complete this task within the stipulated time. All contractual and government employees are working on a war footing note in order to adhere to the strict timeline set by the Supreme Court,” the statement said.
Opposition demand: Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Debabrata Saikia has demanded an explanation from the NRC authorities regarding their decision to publish the draft NRC in handwritten format and questioned “whether this was a new ploy to delay the entire process”.
Saikia said the handwritten format was more likely to contain spelling errors or illegibility and was susceptible to charges of tampering. This could result in people being forced to approach courts and consequently delay the publication of the NRC, he added.
He suggested that the committees be chaired by a government official and include representatives of recognised political parties and local organisations.
Additional reporting by a Staff Reporte
Rajiv Konwar Telegraph India