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Dispur focuses on steps for those whose names will Not be on NRC draft



GUWAHATI, July 21: With just nine days left for publication of the complete draft NRC as per the Supreme Court’s directive, Dispur is now focused on fates of those whose names will not be enrolled in the NRC.

There has been a serious contemplation among bureaucrats whether a need will arise to take some steps for those people whose names will not figure in the complete draft NRC to be published on July 30.

“Behind such thinking among bureaucrats is the issue of “D” (Doubtful) voters. When a person is declared as a D voter, he or she faces some restrictions in availing of certain facilities and enjoying a few rights including the voting right. The bureaucracy is now thinking whether the people whose names will not figure in the complete draft NRC might face a similar status like that of the D voters,” a source in Dispur said.

On July 12, a crucial meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on NRC update and Clause-VI of Assam Accord held at State Secretariat in Dispur tried to explore the possible status of people whose names will not figure in the draft NRC. The meeting under the chair of Finance & PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attended by State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela and senior officials of the Home and Assam Accord Implementation department. The Cabinet sub-committee will hold its next meeting soon when the issue will be discussed in details.

Names of 1, 79, 935 persons and their descendants would be excluded as ‘suspected citizens’. Their cases are subjudice in different Foreigners Tribunals in Assam. Moreover, the names of about 1.25 lakh of doubtful voters (and their descendents) tagged as ‘D’ voters by the Election Commission of India would also be excluded. This is besides the approximately 1.50 lakh people whose names erroneously appeared in the first part NRC draft and who are going to be excluded from the complete draft NRC to be published on July 30 this year.