West Bengal Minorities Commission to take up Assam NRC issue

Guwahati, August 9: The West Bengal Minorities Commission (WBMC) is mooting to take up the Assam National Register For Citizens (NRC) issue.

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.

“This kind of census is ill-motivated. A census should not be held based on one’s language and religion. Such yardsticks must not be followed in conducting a census.  A census should be based on whether the person is an Indian citizen or not,” said Abu Ayes Mondal, WBMC chairman, as quoted by The Indian Express.

The Commission is also planning to take up the issue of attacks on the “disadvantaged communities” across the country. The Commission has sought the intervention of the National Commission for Minorities “to stop such activities”.

The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The NRC of 1951 is being updated to weed out the illegal migrants from Assam.

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.

“We always express our concern for members of minority communities who have been subjected to physical atrocities across the country. In our next meeting, we will take up this issue once again including the present situation in Assam,” he added.