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North East Students’ Organization (NESO) Demands Assam-like NRC Update in all NE States

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GUWAHATI, July 31: Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand have contacted the Office of State NRC Coordinator to have a close look on the ongoing update of National Register of Citizens (NRC) even as the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) is demanding the Assam-like update in other States in the region.

“Madhya Pradesh wants to have a close look of the update process. Jharkhand has already sent an official to Assam to monitor the NRC exercise. Both the States have already contacted State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela and the latter has responded positively to keen interest shown by the two States. There are reports that some other States like Nagaland are also mooting NRC update,” a source told The Sentinel.

On other hand, the NESO has demanded the Centre to carry out the NRC update exercise in all NE States to solve the problem of illegal influx from Bangladesh. The NESO said indigenous people in the NE State like Tripura have already become minority on their own land due to large-scale illegal migration of Bangladeshi nationals. The NESO has already submitted memoranda to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding NRC update in other NE States by replicating the methods adopted in Assam.

The NRC update in Assam, considered to be a unique and first-ever massive exercise possibly in the world to verify citizenship status of over three crore population, will contain the names of descendants of those whose names were in the 1951 NRC, or those who were in Assam’s Electoral rolls till March 24, 1971.

The NRC, 1951 is being updated taking March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date as per the tripartite agreement signed among the Centre, the State Government and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) way back on May 5, 2005. It is expected that after updating the NRC, it will be easier to detect illegal migrants in Assam sneaking into the State after March 25, 1971.