NRC ruling welcomed

PCC president Ripun Bora speaks on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos

Guwahati: The Assam PCC on Tuesday demanded that the draft NRC to be published on December 31 include all women who had submitted parental linkage certificate issued by panchayats, following the Supreme Court order.

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) welcomed the Supreme Court’s order and hoped that the apex court’s directive for re-verification of the contents of panchayat certificates would ensure that no Bangladeshi could enter their names.

“The panchayat certificate is only a supporting document to the 14 main documents for inclusion in the NRC such as the NRC 1951, voters’ list till 1971 and 12 other documents as agreed for the same. So the Supreme Court’s order for re-verification of the contents of panchayat certificates will prevent illegal Bangladeshi migrants from entering their names by producing a fake certificate. We have been demanding a correct and Bangladeshi-free NRC,” said a statement by AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath.

PCC president Ripun Bora said as the apex court had set aside the Gauhati High Court order, it was now the responsibility of the NRC office to ensure that nearly 48 lakh women who had submitted the panchayat documents are included in the draft NRC. Bora said 10 lakh women Congress members from Assam had also sent separate letters to the Chief Justice of India against the high court’s order.

The All Minority Students’ Union, one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s order in February, said this ruling had removed the possibility of “harassment” of married women who had submitted a panchayat document as parental linkage. Seven Congress MLAs and other organisations had submitted separate petitions in the court, challenging the original inhabitants (OI) category used in NRC update.

“As the Supreme Court said the original inhabitant category has no relevance, now there is no scope for categorisation of citizens for inclusion in the NRC. Applicants will be included based on March 24, 1971 cut-off as agreed in the Assam Accord,” he said.

A STAFF REPORTER Telegraph India

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