By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Feb 17: The Supreme Court has asked the State government to submit a report detailing the reasons for which it has sought permission to transfer officers engaged in the NRC update exercise.
In view of the assembly elections, the Election Commission of India today requested a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N Fali riman to allow the State government to transfer fifteen SDOs and 42 assistant commissioners. The ECI said that there have been complaints against some of the officers, while the others have completed three years in a place of posting.
The apex court asked the ECI's counsel to submit in a sealed envelope "all the issues, reason of transfer, complaints etc as soon as possible", after examining which the court will decide on the request.
NRC coorditor Prateek Hazela informed the Supreme Court that 67 per cent of verification work has been completed.
The court asked Hazela to communicate to RGI the administrative problems faced during the exercise.
Meanwhile, petitioner Assam Public Works has urged the NRC directorate to deal with the issue of fake documents sternly.
On the other hand, AASU president Dipanka Kumar th and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi today cautioned that the State government will not be allowed to transfer officers that might lead to scuttling of the NRC update exercise.
"No one will be allowed to stall preparation of an NRC with 100 per cent genuine Indians. It is the duty of every citizen to ensure that the NRC is error-free," they said, adding that it is the last opportunity to identify illegal migrants settled in the State.