By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 20: All Assam Minoritiy Students’ Union (AAMSU) has appealed to NRC Coorditor Prateek Hazela not to use the ‘origil inhabitants’ tag in the NRC update process till the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on it.
AAMSU has already moved the Supreme Court on the issue of ‘origil inhabitants (OI)’ tag in the NRC update process seeking the factors based on which a citizen is tagged as ‘origil inhabitant’.
Talking to newsmen in Guwahati on Friday AAMSU leaders said the Gauhati High rejected the acceptability of gaon panchayat certificates as NRC documents, and the issue of ‘OI’ has cropped up. According to them, the people of the State are a confused lot on ‘OI’ – on what basis the NRC Coorditor has adopted it despite it has ‘no all-acceptable definition and directive on it’. On July 2, 2015 the RGI spelt it out in no uncertain terms that it failed to define what ‘origil inhabitant’ is. This, according to them, is not all. Various ethnic organizations of the State, the Central Government, the Assam Government and the State Assembly, according to them, have failed to define ‘OI’. “Such obscurity on the definition of ‘OI’ moved us the go to the Supreme Court of India to get the definition of ‘OI’. The Apex Court is going to hear the case on November 15 this year, and till then, we appeal to the NRC Coorditor, not to use the ‘OI’ tag till the court delivers its verdict,” AAMSU president Azizur Rahman and general secretary Ainuddin Ahmed and others said.