GUWAHATI : NRC is being prepared under the supervision
of the Supreme Court with a view to enlisting Indian citizens
living in the north eastern state.About 73,000 people from Bihar,
currently living in Assam, have sent their documents for verification
to get included in the NRC being prepared in the northeastern state,
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said.
NRC is being prepared under the supervision of supreme court
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being prepared
under the supervision of the Supreme Court with a view
to enlisting Indian citizens living in the north eastern state.
“About 73,000 people from Bihar have sent documents like certificates of birth and caste, Aadhar cards, voter identity cards, certificates
of educational qualifications, land records and driving licenses etc. to
the Bihar government for verification through the government of Assam,” Modi said in a release.
“So far, 52,110 documents have been sent to concerned districts, departments, or concerned bodies for verfication.
Of these, 5418 have been duly verified and 3264 have been sent
back to Assam,” he added.
Modi said the Bihar School Examination Board has verified 4218 such documents, the maximum so far for any institution in the state.
He also said the maximum number of documents have been received
from natives of Saran district (8716), followed by Muzaffarpur (8022),
Siwan (3874), Vaishali (3936), East Champaran (2951)
and Darbhanga (1763).
NRC, modi critisized mamta banerjee
The exclusion of 40 lakh names in the complete draft of the NRC
released by the Assam government in July had drawn sharp
criticism from leaders like Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee.
The West Bengal chief minister had alleged that “Indian citizens have become refugees” in their home state on account of vote-bank politics of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre and Assam.
On August 28, the Assam government extended the applicability of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for six more months in the state.
The entire state was declared a “disturbed area” as per the requirements of the under the 1958 Act on February 28.
AFSPA is necessary in disturbed areas
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act gives the security forces sweeping powers in an area that has been declared “disturbed”.
It allows them to search, arrest and even open fire.
While in theory, a soldier can be prosecuted for crimes committed
while operating under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act,
it is near impossible to do so in practice, given that legal action requires permission from the Union government,
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has, therefore, come in for criticism from human rights activists with allegations of misuse in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.
law and order will be maintained
Till now, however, the Union government has ignored all objections, arguing that the security forces need special powers if they are to quell insurgencies.
Yet, while the use of the Act to control insurgencies is questionable, its use in Assam to maintain law and order is even more so.
Assam has been under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for 27 years now. When the law was enabled in the state in 1990, the area was under an ethnic insurgency.