Silchar: Citizen Rights Protection Coordination Committee (CRPCC), Assam, a frontline organization initiated by Citizens Rights Preservation Committee, Assam, comprise 43 numbers of various social, cultural, civil societies, organizations representing most of the communities of Barak Valley as well as representation from Brahmaputra Valley. This coordination committee has been initiated to take necessary steps for the protection of the rights of the citizens in the state of Assam. As a part of their activity, members of the committee have decided to organize a mass gathering cum massive rally regarding their demand to extend the deadline for submission of claims and objections for National Register of Citizens (NRC) by at least two months.
The members have urged upon all to gather at India Club ground on that day at 12 noon. The rally will start from India Club ground. CRPCC has raised the demand in view of the Panchayat elections scheduled to be held in the state of Assam in two phases, December 5 and December 9. The counting is slated for December 12. It is to be noted that since the state government offices, officials, employees, and staff are deeply engrossed in performing their duties related to Panchayat elections, people are facing difficulties in obtaining documents which are necessary for the filing of NRC claims and objections.
Further, CRPCC has strongly objected to NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela’s order which states that pre-1971 ration card will be accepted as a proof of citizenship only if it is supported by any one of the remaining 14 documents from the list which has been approved by the Supreme Court of India. In addition to this, the Committee has objected to Prateek Hajela’s directive that the documents will be accepted only if they have been issued on or before 31 August 2015. CRPCC is of the opinion that it is a ploy to deprive the citizenship of 40 lakh people who were excluded in the draft NRC list.
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