PROPOSAL TO RGI
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Aug 7: Assam NRC coorditor Prateek Hajela says a proposal has been sent to the Registrar General of India (RGI) for the issuance of identity cards to people of Assam based on the NRC currently being updated in the State. The response from the RGI is awaited.
In an interview with The Sentinel, Hajela said: “It makes sense that based on the tiol Identity Card Rules, identity cards can be issued to the people of Assam based on the NRC that’s being updated. However, it depends on the RGI and his response is awaited.”
“Our motto is to prepare a correct NRC as early as possible, without compromising on quality. The NRC being updated won’t drop the me of any genuine Indian, nor will it include the me of any foreigner,” Hajela said, and added: “The draft NRC will be published in October this year. It’ll be made available online and with the NRC seva kendras as well. People can raise their objections, if any, through online or manually. We’ll hear them and correct if there are errors. However, this process won’t take less than three months.”
According to Hajela, around 20 lakh people have submitted their PAN cards as a document. “Accepting our plea, the Union Fince Ministry has agreed to verify those PAN cards. Likewise, around 25 lakh people have submitted their High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or Assam High Madrassa admit cards issued by the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA). Around 14 lakh of the admit cards have already been verified. While one crore have submitted their birth certificates and another one crore have submitted their electoral rolls data to show their legacy link,” he said.
The State NRC coorditor further said: “We’re going to announce rewards on August 15 so as to encourage officials engaged in NRC update work. There’ll be awards like best district, best circle office and best NRC seva kendra based on their performance on NRC update work.”
Around 5.25 lakh documents have been submitted related to other states. “We’ve sought the respective states to verify the documents, but the response from those states has not been prompt. We’ve decided to send our officials to such states to help them out and get the job done at the earliest,” Hajela said.