GUWAHATI: Barely 12 days is to go for the scheduled publication of the final NRC. The situation, it seems, has inextricably intertwined with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) holding a meeting on the post-NRC scene management at New Delhi on Thursday with the Home and Political department officials of the Assam government. And the Supreme Court of India is going to hear NRC case on Friday.
Though no official disclosure has been made, sources said that post-NRC management and proposed foreigners tribunals (FTs) were discussed at today’s meeting at the MHA. The issue of FT came up for discussion as names to be missed in the final National Register of Citizens will be sent to the FTs that will give the opinion if a person is Indian or not.
Assam has 100 FTs at present, and the MHA has already approved 400 other FTs. Since 200 of the 400 FTs are being set up in phase 1, the number of FTs in the State will be 300. All FTs to be set up now will be electronic ones.
Meanwhile, Friday seems to be very crucial as the apex court is going to hear the National Register of Citizens case on that day. The State and the Central governments have already moved the apex court with the plea of sample re-verification of the complete draft National Register of Citizens published on July 30, 2018. It’s also being viewed with curiosity if the apex court takes the current wave of floods into account while giving its ruling on Friday or not.
According to sources, a number of National Register of Citizens Seva Kendras have been inundated by floods in the State.
Meanwhile, State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela filed a report on National Register of Citizens update to the Supreme Court on Thursday.