|Cabinet sub-committee move on NRC denounced|
GUWAHATI, Nov 5 - A group of conscious citizens has described the decision of a Cabinet sub-committee of the State to put on hold the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) until all claimants to enrol their names in the document provide evidence of their continuous residence in the country, especially between 1965 and 1968, as a ploy “to delay the process of updating this vital document”.
The group of citizens includes former Chief Secretary Harendra Nath Das, former Director General of the State Police Harekrishna Deka, noted educationist and writer Dr Hiren Gohain, former Commissioner to the State Government JP Saikia, former principal of Cotton College Udayaditta Bharali, former NEHU professors Apurba Kumar Baruah and Manorama Sarma, senior journalist Haidar Hussain, among others.
This group of conscious citizens also demanded that this condition should not be imposed, as it would put further hurdles on updating the NRC in time. The process of updating the vital document should be completed by March, 2017, the group said. The group also wondered as to how the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which swears by the NRC, can be a party to such a decision.
It needs mention here that Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who heads the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the NRC, had apprised the media of the decision of the Cabinet Sub-committee at a recent press conference.