Nava J Thakuria
Guwahati: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), while expressing worries at a police complaint lodged by National Register of Citizens (NRC) Assam coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma against his predecessor, Prateek Hajela for deceitfully including names of suspected individuals in the NRC with software tempering, urges both the governments in New Delhi and Dispur to support a complete re-verification of NRC with the national cut-off date.
The forum of nationalist citizens termed the development where as a senior government officer lodged an FIR with the criminal investigation department against the former NRC State coordinator as
disturbing. The specific allegation regarding the entry of illegal individuals in the list of Indian nationals through an error-driven technical process must be investigated for a correct NRC under monitoring of the Supreme Court. Everyone, who was allegedly involved with the unethical practice, should also be scanned, stated the forum.
“We demand a complete re-verification of NRC Assam with 1951 as the finished year. But even if we have to recognize the cut-off date (24 March 1971) mentioned in Assam Accord, the identification of the
individuals in those years should be made for the government record,” said a PPFA statement, adding that the indigenous population must come forward raising their ultimate demand for an accurate (in true to its term) NRC.
The forum argues that for any reason a State cannot have a different year to identify the illegal migrants from the national cut-off year. The issue must be debated in the Parliament to make a final resolution that Assam will continue to have a delayed cut-off year to identify the foreigners. Subsequently, the original inhabitants of the State must be protected under legal provisions, it concluded.