Assam NRC | Morigaon’s ‘foreigner’ teacher relieved from registry updating duty

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Guwahati, August 13: Following an uproar, the Morigaon district administration has relieved a government school teacher, who had been declared a non-national by a Foreigners’ Tribunal two years ago, from the updating duty of the citizens’ registry.

Mohammad Khairul Islam, who is working as a teacher at the Thengsali Khanda Pukhuri Lower Primary School in Morigaon, was declared a non-national by the Foreigners’ Tribunal of Morigaon in 2016. His engagement in the preparation of the NRC draft has sparked off a debate in the state. He was engaged in the updating work at the Mikirbheta
NRC Seva Kendra in December 2017, before the  publication of the part draft on December 31 (midnight), 2017.

Previously too, names of as many as 200 suspected foreigners from 39 families in Morigaon were included in the Complete Draft of the NRC. Morigaon district administration had assured that these names will be crossed out and not included in the final NRC report.

After receiving the Foreigners Tribunal verdict, Islam challenged it in the Gauhati High Court. He told media that he was granted bail by the court and his case is still pending.

After receiving complaints from the local villagers, post the publication of the complete draft, the Morigaon district administration relieved Islam from the updating work. Morigaon Deputy Commissioner Hemen Das told media that Islam “was only assisting others and was not engaged at the decision-making level”.

Das told media that the District School Inspector was asked to send a list of teachers who could be engaged in the NRC updating work. “Islam should have himself declared about his pending case at the court. We are verifying all the documents passed by him,” said Das.

The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC. The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951.  The 1951 NRC is being updated in Assam to weed out foreigners.

The NRC Updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.