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Forum opposes 25% re-verification of NRC

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GUWAHATI: The Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill (FACAAB) on Monday opposed the reported move for 25% re-verification and insisted that only a minor re-verification be undertaken, if it is necessary, in an atmosphere of peace and transparency.

The Forum said, “While TV and press in Assam have reported that the recent Delhi visit of Assam’s Chief Sarbananda Sonowal and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had been undertaken in order to discuss the implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord, other sources have indicated that the main item of the agenda had been ensuring central support to the state government’s demand for 25% re-verification of NRC!”

The Forum further said, “While it is possible that the final version is not without some errors, such large-scale verification after an expenditure of 1600 crores and unrelenting work of 55000 employees seems to be quite undesirable. If such reports are correct, it will upset multitudes who had taken great pains to get their names on the rolls and may cause huge discontent.”

The Forum also anticipated that the usual provocations by communal elements of various hues may lead to serious social disturbance. “The intention then is certainly not to ensure peace and harmony, but the contrary,” it said.

According to the forum, the former Co-ordinator who had seen the work through had stated to the Supreme Court that 27% verification had been done before publication of the final edition.

Stressing that this was the revised final version of an earlier draft NRC, the Forum added, “In the interest of peace and harmony in the state which had come to our state after a decade of frenzied violence in which hundreds had perished and grim insecurity of the people throughout, the forum firmly opposes the reported move for 25% re-verification and insist that only a minor re-verification be undertaken, if it is necessary, in an atmosphere of peace and transparency.”