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NRC, endless harassment and complications for applicants: CRPCC

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Silchar, April 2: Citizens’ Right Preservation Coordition Committee (CRPCC), Cachar district committee, has termed the ongoing process of family tree verification as an endless harassment to the non Assamese applicants of the State. Moreover, the process is also made complicated with fresh orders after every alterte phase of work. This has created a lot of confusion in the minds of the people who are at a loss to understand where this will end. This was stated by Kishore Kumar Bhattacharjee, general secretary of the central committee of CRPCC, at a meeting of the organization held at CTVOA complex here on Sunday.
Bhattacharjee said the way things are moving give the indication that there is a conspiracy to exclude the mes of non Assamese citizens of India. He also added to say the entire machinery and the process is moving under the dictates of chauvinistic forces. There is nothing like human considerations for the poor and helpless applicants most of whom have been directed to move to different locations, some 300 to 400 km away, for family tree verification. Moreover, the notices are being served in a most whimsical manner as the applicants are to report within 24 hours of the receipt of the notices.
This is humanly impossible as these poor people have no fincial means to defray the expenses of their journey from home place to the distant seva kendras. Prateek Hajela, NRC state coorditor, who comes out with newer and fresher statements has created a sort of panic by stating anyone who fails to turn up after the receipt of notice will face unilateral decision of the authority on dropping his or her me from the list. In the meantime, another directive from the state coorditor says that from April 2, verification of panchayat certificates will begin which will be mostly in the cases of married women.
Another process that is to begin relates to the verification of documents issued by other states. As a large number of documents have remained unverified and not sent by the respective states, as per direction of the Supreme Court of India, house to house verification will be taken up. Questions are being raised in competent and knowledgeable circles how such a massive exercise will be taken up. From all reckoning, CRPCC thinks this is really a confounding scerio and the apprehension is that the mes of foreigners will creep in the NRC fil draft.
In order to make people conscious of their rights and duties vis a vis NRC, CRPCC has decided to carry out awareness campaign at different places which include tun Bazar, Dwarband Bazar and Choto Dudhpatil from April 11 to conclude on April 22. It was unimously resolved at the meeting presided over by Niranjan Dutta, president, that in all the 16 blocks of Cachar, committees will be set up for providing necessary guidance and suggestions to all those who need it for their NRC update. Others who expressed their views at the meeting included Madhusudan Kar, district president, Rajesh Sinha, Lutfur Rahman Barbhuiya, Sajal Kanti Das and Bijit Kumar Sinha among others.

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