Hailakandi, July 23: Southern Assam’s Hailakandi district has completed the process of updation of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). As all works pertaining to family tree verification, process for scrutinising gaon panchayat certificate for married women, special verification, DMIT-II and other connected investigations have been completed. Deputy Commissioner and DRCR, Adil Khan has issued an order releasing all the Government employees, including District Magistrate Authorised Officers, Investigating Officers, Special Verification Officers, assisting staff and Grade IV staff from their assigned NRC work with immediate effect. However, statutory officers like LRCR and ALRCR and their respective Field Level Officers (FLOs) are not exempted from NRC duty.
The publication of the second draft NRC missed the June 30 deadline because of the recent deluge that severely affected work on several days in Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar districts of Barak Valley, West Karbi Anglong and Hojai. Around eight to ten working days were lost. In the three districts of Barak Valley, work at nearly 90 NRC seva kendras (NSKs) had been affected.
Over three lakh people were affected and more than 80,000 took shelter in 145 relief camps in Hailakandi district alone. Altogether 8,478 marooned people had to be evacuated by personnel of the State Disaster Response Force and the National Disaster Response Force. Two persons died in the deluge that affected 235 of the 322 villages. Of the 57 NSKs, 25 were affected. However, all the NRC-related documents at the affected NSKs were shifted to safer places.
The NRC process being monitored by the Supreme Court has now set July 30 as the timeline for its publication. The part draft of the NRC, a list of the state’s citizens, was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 where names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. The massive exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants being carried out in Assam is an outcome of a series of meetings between the central and State governments and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in 2005.