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Assam NRC: Allegations of inclusion of ‘ineligible’ people in list

State coordinator seeks details from DRCRs of all districts

Sabrangindia 22 Feb 2020

NRCImage Courtesy: sentinelassam.com

There appears to be no respite for people of Assam. Some are likely to suffer even though their names have been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published in August last year.

Now, in a letter addressed to all Deputy Commissioners and District Registrars of Citizens Registration (DRCR) of all districts, Hitesh Dev Sarma, State Coordinator of NRC has demanded details of ‘ineligible’ people who have been included in the list.

In his letter Sarma says, “… few names of ineligible persons are found present in the final NRC particularly people who are DV, DF, PFT, DVD, DFD, PFTD etc.” Sarma is referring to the inclusion of doubtful voters, declared foreigners and people against whom cases are pending in foreigners’ tribunals, as well as their dependents, siblings and family members. He goes on to ask for their details.

Sarma’s letter may be read here:

Meanwhile, Assam Public Works, the NGO that is at the center of the NRC case in the Supreme Court has demanded a complete reverification of the list making the same allegations as the NRC state coordinator.  

It may be recalled that after the final NRC was published, the Assam state government as well as several local organizations such as All Assam Students Union (AASU), we upset with the outcome, with both alleging that ‘foreigners’ had been mistakenly included in the final list. The slight difference between the two accusers is that while AASU and other allegedly ethno-linguistic chauvinist organisations are driven by fears of demographic upheaval caused due to an alleged influx of people of a different ethnicity, the BJP led state government has concerns driven by a deeply communal agenda.

This has led to a lot of drama, including levelling of a series of allegations of fraud, misappropriation of funds and data manipulation against the former NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela who had to be shunted out of the state due to security concerns.

Assam NRC: Allegations of inclusion of ‘ineligible’ people in list

State coordinator seeks details from DRCRs of all districts

NRCImage Courtesy: sentinelassam.com

There appears to be no respite for people of Assam. Some are likely to suffer even though their names have been included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that was published in August last year.

Now, in a letter addressed to all Deputy Commissioners and District Registrars of Citizens Registration (DRCR) of all districts, Hitesh Dev Sarma, State Coordinator of NRC has demanded details of ‘ineligible’ people who have been included in the list.

In his letter Sarma says, “… few names of ineligible persons are found present in the final NRC particularly people who are DV, DF, PFT, DVD, DFD, PFTD etc.” Sarma is referring to the inclusion of doubtful voters, declared foreigners and people against whom cases are pending in foreigners’ tribunals, as well as their dependents, siblings and family members. He goes on to ask for their details.

Sarma’s letter may be read here:

Meanwhile, Assam Public Works, the NGO that is at the center of the NRC case in the Supreme Court has demanded a complete reverification of the list making the same allegations as the NRC state coordinator.  

It may be recalled that after the final NRC was published, the Assam state government as well as several local organizations such as All Assam Students Union (AASU), we upset with the outcome, with both alleging that ‘foreigners’ had been mistakenly included in the final list. The slight difference between the two accusers is that while AASU and other allegedly ethno-linguistic chauvinist organisations are driven by fears of demographic upheaval caused due to an alleged influx of people of a different ethnicity, the BJP led state government has concerns driven by a deeply communal agenda.

This has led to a lot of drama, including levelling of a series of allegations of fraud, misappropriation of funds and data manipulation against the former NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela who had to be shunted out of the state due to security concerns.

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