Assam: NRC publication may be delayed as 1.23 crore applicants yet to be verified
GUWAHATI, November 10, 2017: The state coordinator for updating the National Register of Citizens(NRC) of 1951 has submitted before the Supreme Court that 1.23 crore applicants for inclusion are yet to be verified, which has now raised question whether the draft publication would able to meet December 31 deadline as announced by chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Earlier, the state coordinator of the updating process had told the Supreme Court that the draft NRC would be published by March 2018. However, after Sonowal subsequently announced that the draft would be published in December 31 this year, the court rapped him for "intervening in the matter of preparation and publication of the draft NRC when this court has been monitoring the process".
Petitioner Aabhijeet Sharma of Assam Public Works told TOI, "State coordinator Prateek Hajela in his report told court that there is 1.23 crore names are left for verification and the court was unhappy to know about the huge number of applications left to be verified."
The centre, state government and Assam Police chief also submitted report regarding steps taken to ensure law and order during the NRC updating process.
"After today's hearing we ask whether NRC will be completed by December 31 as there is only 51 days left and 1crore 23 lakhs documents yet to be verified," Sharma said.
The sole purpose of the verification process is to ensure that no ineligible person gets entry and that no genuine person gets left out.
The verification process, which is guided by Rule 3 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, includes scrutiny of applications received by comparing the information stated in the application form with the official records and the persons. Only when the information is found to be in order, the person shall be eligible for inclusion of his names in the consolidated list.