One year passed, no action on NRC yet

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Published: August 30,2020 07:39 PM
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August 30, 2020: The publication of the much-hyped final National Register of Citizens (NRC) completed one year. But in these 12 months, no action on implementing the NRC is seen.

Pranjit Saikia



August 30, 2020: The publication of the much-hyped final National Register of Citizens (NRC) completed one year. But in these 12 months, no action on implementing the NRC is seen.



The final NRC was published on August 31, 2019. Ever since the final draft has come out, there has been widespread reaction on the important document. The AASU has continued to negate the final NRC terming it as erroneous. On its first anniversary, the apex students' body has again reiterated that it can not be accepted without a review. It also blamed the present coordinator for the delay in the NRC implementation.





Minister Chandra Mohan Patowari too said that it can not be accepted in its present form and review of 20% in areas along Bangla border and 10% review in other districts is necessary for the implementation of NRC.



AIUDF lamented that the governments at the Centre and in the state have reduced the important document into a waste paper.





Leader of Opposition Debabrat Saikia alleged that the BJP government made the people of Assam a political scapegoat.



Those excluded from the NRC had to be issued certificates showing the reason of exclusion after which they will have to approach the Foreigners' Tribunals. However, even after one year, the certificates are not yet issued. Moreover, the 200 additional Foreigners' Tribunals, set up following order from the Supreme Court, are also not yet functional. The members of these boards have been appointed for over a year. On the other hand, the 1600 candidates selected for appointment to these tribunals are yet to get their appointment letter even after nearly a year of their selection.



 





There has been no fresh hearing on the matter in the Supreme Court too for over 6 months now due to Covid 19. As a result, the NRC, which was once dubbed as the only way to make the state free from infiltrators, is now facing an uncertain fate.


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