Guwahati, March 2, 2019
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) alleged that the Assam government is trying to obstruct the updation process of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) by transferring a number of administrative officers associated with the exercise.
The students’ body stated that the transfer of 17 additional deputy commissioners (ADCs) would hinder the process of the NRC update at a time when the examination of the claims and objections related to NRC are underway.
The NRC is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens residing in Assam. The update process of NRC started in the year 2013 under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court has set July 31st, 2019 as the deadline for the publication of the NRC.
“Both the Central and the State governments have been asked to ensure that the NRC-related work goes on unhindered. But, despite the court orders, the Assam government transferred a number of Deputy Commissioners and ADCs,” stated AASU.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, Part Draft NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the Complete Draft NRC was released. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.