NRC vigil on ‘minority’ areas
GUWAHATI, June 20: Security agencies in Assam are now busy in developing vulnerability maps which they did earlier in the State in connection with the publication of the earlier draft NRC.
The vulnerability mapping started before the publication of the first part draft NRC upon the expiry of December 31, 2017. Though the publication of the complete draft NRC on June 30 is uncertain due to floods, the security agencies have been racing against time to develop vulnerability maps. They are on their toes with 17 revenue circles, each with less than 33 per cent of total NRC applicants making it to the first part NRC draft. At present, as many as 85 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been deployed in the State.
The major cause of concern for the security agencies is the abysmally poor number of NRC applicants making it to the first part NRC draft from revenue circles that are dominated mostly by a particular minority community. All the 17 revenue circles are in the Barak Valley and in the vast area of the Brahmaputra Valley starting from Nagaon, Hojai to Lower Assam districts. All these are areas with sizable minority populations.
According to statistics, the lowest percentage of NRC applicants making it to the first part NRC draft is 19.63 per cent from Hojai Revenue Circle. It is closely followed by Baitamari Revenue Circle in Bongaigaon district with 20.68 per cent and Dolgaon Revenue Circle in Darrang district with 21.18 per cent.
While 29.84 per cent of the total NRC applicants have made it to the first part NRC draft from Silchar Revenue Circle, 29.16 per cent made it to draft from Chenga Revenue Circle, 30.14 per cent from Bilasipara Revenue Circle, 29.25 per cent from Lakhipur Revenue Circle, 25.05 per cent from Katlicherra Revenue Circle, 29.09 per cent from Lanka Revenue Circle, 24.43 per cent from Hojai Revenue Circle, 29.06 per cent from Bhuragaon Revenue Circle, 24.09 per cent from Rupahi Revenue Circle, 25.41 per cent from Dhing Revenue Circle, 30.23 per cent from Borkhetri Revenue Circle, 31.15 per cent from Algapur Revenue Circle, 31.28 per cent from Nagarbera Revenue Circle and 32.31 per cent from Kalgasia Revenue Circle.
On the bright side, as much as 99.52 per cent of the total NRC applicants, highest in the State, have made it to the first part NRC draft from Koya Revenue Circle in Kamrup district.
Meanwhile, a big question mark continues to hang over the publication of the complete NRC draft on June 30 with floods affecting NRC works in the Barak Valley and some other areas in the State. According to sources, the State NRC coordinator moved the Supreme Court of India on Wednesday with a petition seeking more time for the publication of the complete draft NRC. He has already let the apex court know the flood situation in the Barak Valley where as many as 90 NRC seva kendras have been affected by floods. The ball is now on the court of the apex court. However, the State NRC coordinator is yet to make this official.