48 lakh mismatches in family trees come to light

R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Around 48 lakh mismatches of family trees have come to light during the verification process for updating the National Register of Citizens and the process of reverification of it has started by asking the concerned persons to appear before the officials involved in the process.The process of verification of family trees started on February 17 and it would take some time as all members of families concerned may not stay in the same place and some are also staying outside Assam. Such persons will have to be given adequate time to appear before the concerned officials.

Some persons, whose names appeared in the first draft of the NRC, published on December 31, have also been called for spot verification process as their legacy data codes were used by others. However, such persons are not under scanner and they have only been called as witnesses.

It may be mentioned here that verification of about one crore cases are pending, of which 48 lakh are pertaining to family tree verification, which is a painstaking process and such an effort was never carried out anywhere in the country before.

The second category of verification pending now is the certificates issued by the secretaries of gaon panchayats and around 29 lakh such certificates are to be verified. This process is likely to start within the next few days. The third category comprises persons whose document verification is awaited and around 16 lakh persons are in this category. Of the persons whose document verification is pending, around four lakh are from other States of the country and living in Assam. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already initiated steps to direct the concerned States to ensure that the documents are sent back as soon as possible after proper verification to ensure that name of any genuine Indian citizen living in the State is not left out of the NRC.

The last category of persons, whose verification is pending comprise around 16 lakh persons. Those have been categorized as “technical hold cases”. These are the persons, the verification of documents of whose parents is awaited.

It may be mentioned here that around 3.29 crore persons applied for inclusion of their names in the NRC and names of 1.90 crore persons appeared in the first draft.

It may be mentioned here that the Supreme Court, in its order yesterday, directed that the final draft of the NRC should be published by June 30.

The Court, in its order, also observed that in his report, the State Project Coordinator for updating NRC, Prateek Hajela, had informed that after the publication of the first draft of the NRC, about 38.43 lakh applications were verified bringing the total number of scrutinized applications to around 2.29 crore, leaving around one crore applications to be verified. He also reported that the process of verification should be completed by May 31 and another one month would be required for final mop-up operation. The time frame is based on a rigorous assessment of the number of cases that can be disposed of without compromising the quality, the Court observed quoting the report of the State Coordinator.

The Court further ordered that the verification process should continue without any interference from any quarter with utmost speed. The Court further said that the elections to the local bodies should not affect the process of updating the NRC with full deployment as on date.

Source : http://assamtribune.com