NRC update: Around 2.60 lakh objections against 31.2 lakh claims
GUWAHATI: Finally the people of Assam have rose to their full heights and lodged over lakhs of objections in district headquarters (DC offices) against, what they say, wrongful inclusion of names in the complete draft NRC. The AASU (All Assam Students’ Union ) and some other ethic organizations of the State have lent their support to people to lodge their objections.
On the last day of NRC claims and objections on December 31, 2018 over lakhs of objections were lodged all over the State, including the Barak Valley.
Till the recent past, there were nearly only 600 objections filed against allegedly wrongful inclusion of names in the complete draft NRC. However, the situation has changed overnight, as though with the switch of the magic wand.
However, the NRC authority in the State opted to stay away from making any disclosure on the actual number of claims and objections. According to sources, the NRC authority is going to submit a comprehensive report to the Supreme Court of India on the number of claims and objections received till December 31, 2018.
Talking to The Sentinel, AASU president Dipanko Kumar Nath said: “Our thrust is on an error-free NRC in the State. After 1951 it’s the first such chance. How can we afford to lose it? People from all over Assam lodged over lakhs of objections against, what they say, wrongful inclusion on names in the complete draft NRC. The AASU and some other ethnic organizations have just played the role of facilitators in filing the objections. Most of the objections were lodged at the district headquarters on December 31, 2018. We’ve helped not only objectors. We’ve also helped a number of claimants as many genuine Indians’ names have also not appeared in the complete draft NRC.”
According to sources, around 2.60 lakh objections and 31.2 lakh claims have been filed till the last date – December 31, 2018. As many as 40.07 lakh applicants have not appeared in the complete draft NRC. The number of applicants was 3.29 crore.