HM Amit Shah discusses key issues related to Assam
GUWAHATI | SEPT 21, 2020:
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday discussed key issues of Assam — the NRC, demand for granting ST status to six communities and report of a committee set up for implementation of a vital clause of the Assam Accord, officials said.
A team of top functionaries of the Assam government, led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, attended the two-hour-long meeting held at Shah's residence on Sunday evening.
This was the first major meeting the home minister attended after returning from AIIMS where he was admitted for a medical check-up last week.
Issues related to Assam-specific NRC, which was rejected by the state government alleging anomalies after its final list was published last year, granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six ethnic communities — Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai-Ahom, Matak, Moran, Chutia and Tea Tribes — and recommendations of Clause 6 Committee of the Assam Accord was discussed at the meeting, a home ministry official said.
The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on August 31, 2019, by excluding 19.06 lakh people. A total of 3.11 crore names were included out of 3.30 crore applicants.
The NRC is an exercise to verify citizenship in India.
The Assam government had already rejected the much-publicised NRC as it claimed that many ineligible persons managed to include their names while genuine Indian citizens were left out from the database.
Chief Minister Sonowal had said the Supreme Court-monitored NRC would have been a correct NRC had the full responsibility of its updation been given to the state government.