GUWAHATI, Aug 12 - The State government has informed the Centre about its views on the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) vis-à-vis the provisions of ‘claims and objections’ in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update process.
The Supreme Court of India, which is monitoring the NRC exercise in Assam, had asked the Centre to prepare an SOP for filing of ‘claims and objections’ in the update process of the citizen document.
The Council of Ministers met at the State Secretariat this afternoon specifically to discuss the NRC issue. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
“As the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to prepare an SOP, the State government has expressed its views keeping in account the general views of various organizations and individuals for the consideration of the Centre, which the latter would put forward before the apex court,” Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya told newspersons after the meeting.
“The final decision on the SOP would be taken by the Supreme Court,” he said. The next hearing of the Supreme Court on the NRC issue is scheduled on August 16.
Bhattacharya said that the stress has been given to ensure that names of genuine citizens of the country are not left out from the NRC.
The complete draft of the NRC, which was published on July 30, included names of 2.89 crore citizens. Names of over 40 lakh applicants could not find a place in the list and they are now to file claims through their respective NRC Seva Kendras. There are also provisions for objections and corrections.