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NRC: Assam Governor Seeks ‘Original Inhabitants’ Tag for Indigenous People

NRC: Assam Governor Seeks ‘Original Inhabitants’ Tag for Indigenous People

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Aug 2018 7:25 AM GMT


Crucial SC hearing on SOP today


GUWAHATI, Aug 27: The Supreme Court will hold one of its crucial hearings on the ongoing NRC update on Tuesday to deliver its verdict on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for conducting the claims and objections exercise in a free, fair and transparent manner.

Ahead of the Tuesday’s crucial hearing Dispur again submitted a few new suggestions and recommendations to the Union Home Ministry (MHA) to ensure that names of no indigenous people of the State get excluded from the final NRC. Suggestions were submitted after the Sarbananda Sonowal Cabinet held a detailed discussion on the SOP prepared by the Centre, on Saturday.

Since it has been found that despite applying for inclusion in the NRC, names of many indigenous people, as well as Indian citizens from States other than Assam, were not included in the complete draft NRC published on July 30, the Assam Government has moved the Union Home Ministry with fresh suggestions to get these names included in the final NRC.

With respect to those indigenous people of the State whose names may have been left out of the complete draft NRC, the State Government has suggested that the ‘OI’ (Original Inhabitants) tag can be used against their names.

At the same time, the State Government has also sought for relaxation for those Indian citizens from other States (who have no link with Bangladesh) who had applied for inclusion of their names in the NRC but were left out from the draft.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in consultation with the Government of Assam, the Registrar General of India and the State Coordinator for NRC had already submitted the SOP before the Apex Court.

Sources said that fresh suggestions from Dispur are likely to be placed before the Supreme Court by the Home Ministry for consideration on Tuesday. Meanwhile, all stakeholders of NRC have already submitted their views on SOP before the apex court.

On other hand, people can submit claims and objections forms in NRC Sewa Kendras across the State from August 30.

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