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NRC should be re-published in English for Karbi Anglong: HTL

From a Correspondent
HAMREN, Jan 3: The Hill Tribal League (HTL) organization submitted a preliminary complaint letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Karbi Anglong on Wednesday regarding the publication of the first draft NRC in which there are many errors in the names of the people of Karbi Anglong. The HTL said that in Karbi Anglong, people are either Karbis or belong to other hill tribes. They had filled up their application for NRC in English but major errors have allegedly been made while transliterating Karbi and other tribal names into Assamese character. Names recorded in the part draft NRC do not match even with the respective electoral ID cards which were issued based on the voter’s list which are in Assamese.
“It shows that the mistakes have been made deliberately or Karbi and other tribal names have been recorded in the NRC perfunctorily,” stated the HTL leaders. They also stated that the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) also adopted Roman script in the year 1978 and the district official language was English. Even the apex Karbi literary body, Karbi Lamet Amei has also adopted and accepted Roman script for writing Karbi. Further, English has become the most preferred medium of instruction throughout the district since the last three decades or so, resulting in increase in English medium schools and a number of schools converted to English as medium of instruction.
The electoral rolls in Karbi Anglong are brought out in Assamese and the draft NRC is also published in Assamese for which the literate and educated section of the district are facing problems, including checking their names in the electoral rolls and in the draft NRC. The organization demanded that the part draft NRC should be rectified and re-published in English for the district. If needed, they will complain to the Register General of India (RGI) for effective steps to ensure that names in NRC are recorded correctly, said Khorsing Teron, Stalyn Engti, Rajendra Kramsa and Saising Rongpi, convenors, HTL and Enush Timung, president of All India Karbi Students’ Union (AIKSU) at the press meet.