GUWAHATI CITY

Draft NRC is not flawless, names of genuine Indians missing : Assam Former CM Tarun Gogoi

Tarun Gogoi
Tarun Gogoi

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, July 31: Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday said the complete draft NRC published on Monday was not flawless and names of many genuine Indians did not figure in the citizenship document.

Gogoi told reporters here on Tuesday that while names of many genuine Indians were left out in the draft NRC, there are reports that names of persons declared as foreigners have figured in the document.

The three-time Congress chief minister said the NRC update is actually the brain-child of his government. “Even though the AASU proposed the update of NRC in 1980, the Assam Accord signed latter did not mention about such update. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta who led the historic Assam Movement could not do NRC update as the chief minister of the State for two consecutive terms.

The issue of NRC update took concrete shape during the tripartite meeting held between Centre, State Government and AASU held on May 5 in 2005 under the chair of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Being the CM of the State then I took the initiative to carry out the pilot project on NRC update,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi reiterated that the NRC update should be taken place on the basis of the 2014 and 2016 electoral rolls of Assam. He also asked present chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to clear his much-anticipated stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 since the complete draft NRC has been published.