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    “Assam govt firm on NRC re-verification, ST status for six communities”: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

    After the re-verification, if the state government found no error then it will accept the NRC as it is now

    GUWAHATI: The newly formed state government under chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wanted re-verification of 20 percent of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the districts adjoining Bangladesh, and 10 percent applications in the other districts.

    Assuming his charge as the 15th chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that the state government continued to press for a re-verification of the NRC list before accepting it officially.

    After the NRC final draft was published on August 31, 2019,  leaving as many as 19 lakh people ‘stateless’ for the time being, both Centre and previous Sonowal government had moved the Supreme Court praying for a partial re-verification of the applications on the grounds that several foreigners’ names have been included in the list.

    Sarma said, “After the re-verification if the state government found no error then it will accept the NRC as it is now. But if we found multiple errors then we will pray before the Supreme Court to decide on the future course.”

    The new chief minister also said that the issue of granting scheduled tribes to the six communities of the state was also on a priority of this government’s list. “During the last five years, the issues relating to granting ST status to six communities of the state has progressed in a very positive way and we will soon reach a unilateral decision,” said Sarma adding that his government will be a pro-active government and will try to solve all the pending issues of the state in the coming five years.

    The demand of ST status grant to the six communities of Assam-Chutiya, Koch-Rajbongshi, Matak, Moran, Tai-Ahom and ‘Tea Tribe’- has been pending for decades.

    He said, “We will not only fulfill all our promises made during the polls but will also find ways of solving all the pending issues of the state. Our government is also committed to make the state a flood hazard-free state in the coming days.”

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