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Several organizations not satisfied with NRC; say more should have been left out

Several organizations have expressed dissatisfaction over the number of exclusion in the updated list of the NRC, including All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) which spearheaded the anti-influx movement.  AASU said that they will approach Supreme Court seeking rectification.

“We have been seeking a permanent solution over the last several years but this number is not satisfactory. This number is not even closer to the numbers often pronounced by the central and state governments. So, we are not satisfied. There are errors in the process. We have full faith in the judiciary and so we will approach the Supreme Court,” said AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya after the publication of the list.

AASU said that they will discuss with 30 indigenous bodies and eight literary bodies for the next course of action. Further they said that they had requested for 10 documents but the governments insisted on the 15 documents which also helped in minimising the number of exclusions.

“Both the governments at the centre and the state are to be blamed for this. During the re-verification process we had said that the number of documents should have been reduced to 10 but both the governments insisted on 15 documents. So, this situation has arrived,” Bhattacharya added.

Assam Public Works (APW), a pressure group, which appealed the Supreme Court in 2009 praying for deletion of foreigners’ name in electoral rolls and updation of NRC, has also expressed dissatisfaction and vowed to approach the apex court again.

“We are not happy at all. We demand for the re-verification of the process. We will appeal to the president, prime minister, home minister and state government besides the Supreme Court for the re-verification and quality check,” said Abhijeet Sharma, head of APW.

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had also expressed his displeasure. “Names of many Indian citizens who migrated from Bangladesh as refugees prior to 1971 have not been included in the NRC because authorities refused to accept refugee certificates. Many names got included because of manipulation of legacy data as alleged by many. I reiterate that, as requested by central and state governments, at least 20 per cent re-verification (in bordering districts) and 10 per cent re-verification (in remaining districts) should be allowed by the apex court for a correct and fair NRC,” Sarma tweeted this morning.

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president and state agriculture minister Atul Bora also expressed dissatisfaction that this way Assam can never be free from illegal migrants.

“It is unfortunate. The number is so less. We are not at all satisfied with the outcome. But we will provide legal assistance to those genuine Indians who have been left out,” said Bora addressing a press conference.

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