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Memorandum to President on NRC verification

 Our Correspondent

Silchar, April 2: Members of the district committee of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sammelan (BUBSOSS) on Monday submitted a memorandum addressed to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar regarding the ongoing verification process to authenticate the eligibility claims of citizens for inclusion in the second draft of NRC to be published by the state coorditor of NRC, Assam. It has been pointed out in the memorandum that a good number of people have received very short time notices with an instruction to report at NSKs located at different places of Brahmaputra Valley like Sonitpur, gaon, Bokajan and Dhekiajuli.
In some cases, aged and ailing persons have been compelled to report at the NSKs. Besides, the cost factor involved in taking the journey has been completely ignored. It takes a minimum of 12 to 14 hours to reach places located outside the valley of Barak. There are ample instances where notices have been issued on most trivial grounds. In some cases, on reporting at the NSKs as per the notices, people were told that notice had been issued since there were some printing errors. These embarrassments and harassments could easily have been avoided if proper scrutiny had been made before issuing the notices.
It has been also mentioned in the memorandum that persons attending a certain NSK as per notice served to them, were told to report at another NSK. Such cases speak for itself about the level of harassment being thrust upon them. In addition to this, the time frame provided for attending NSKs is very less. It is necessary to give a person adequate time to defend and represent his or her case. Nevertheless, almost in every case, people are getting only 2 or 3 days on hand or even some hours to report at NSKs. The verification process has turned out be a nightmare for the people. It has been pointed out in the memorandum that verification of documents of different agencies of other states as submitted by the applicants, as per report submitted by the NRC state coorditor before the Supreme Court, only 30.63% of the documents returned after verification from other states as on March 23, 2018.

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