GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The All Assam Students Union has termed the publication of the first draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as a historic event and said that it is a tribute to the martyrs of the Assam agitation.Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the publication of the draft NRC was a major event in the history of the State as the student body had been demanding update of the citizenship document of 1951 since 1980 at the start of the Assam Movement.
Bhattacharya said all deputy commissioners, officers and employees of the State government must be complimented for their hard work to ensure that the first draft of the NRC is published on time. But at the same time, he said that the officers and employees would have to carry on their good work till the final NRC is published.
The AASU chief adviser said the Central and State governments, Registrar General of India and the State Coordinator for NRC would also have to work in close coordination to ensure that the State gets an NRC free from names of illegal migrants as the NRC would provide safeguards to the indigenous people of the State in the days to come.
The people of Assam participated in a six-year-long moment followed by a 32-year-long wait, which culminated in the preparation of the NRC, Bhattacharya said and reminded the people that even if the name of any genuine Indian citizen does not appear in the NRC, he or she should not be worried as the verification process is yet to be completed and everyone should wait for the publication of the final draft. Even after the publication of the final draft, there would be enough scope for filing of claims and objections, he added.
Bhattacharya also said that illegal migrants are trying their best to get their names included in the NRC with false and forged documents and the officers should be careful in verifying such documents.
Source : http://assamtribune.com