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Assam government will push for NRC inclusion

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi here on Friday said that his government has decided to write to the Centre to take steps for inclusion of all persons whose names appeared on electoral rolls in the ongoing upgradation of National Register of Citizens.
Rejecting the charges of defending foreigners by his move, Mr Gogoi told mediapersons, “We could not take note that names of a large number of genuine Indians would not be included in the NRC if electoral rolls which was updated by the Election Commission of India is not treated as additional proof for inclusion of names in the NRC.” Mr Gogoi asserted, “There is no need for apprehension among people belonging to tea tribes, scheduled tribes, minorities and other ethnic communities as the Government will take all possible steps to ensure that their names are included in the NRC.”
Pointing out that various community leaders have informed that their names would not be included in the NRC on the basis of proposed documents treated for establishing legacy, Mr Gogoi said that Election Commission of India in its intensive revision had dropped the names of more than one lakh voters who failed to establish their Indian citizenship.
He also directed the authorities to write to the Registrar-General of India to clarify whether NRC upgradation being carried out in Assam would be considered as a genuine document of Indian citizenship.
Mr Gogoi also rejected the charges of delaying the process by asking for inclusion of Electoral Roll as a document to establish legacy. However, the stand of the Chief Minister has been viewed by several organisations in the state as an attempt by the ruling Congress government to include names of illegal Bangladeshi migrants who have managed to get their names enrolled in the voters’ list in the state, in the updated NRC.
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Assam Public Works (APW), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) and many other apolitical and political organisations have been protesting the move of the government. They warned off intensive agitation over the issue.
The AASU leaders alleged that it was an attempt by the ruling Congress to protect its vote bank among illegal Bangladeshi migrants by derailing the on-going process of NRC updating. The AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharrya said, “The NRC is being updated in the state on the basis of voters’ lists from 1951 to 1971 in order to include names of those Indian citizens who were resident of Assam before March 24, 1971, as well as their progeny.
(Source: Jun 27, 2015 - MANOJ ANAND | GUWAHATI
http://www.asianage.com/india/assam-government-will-push-nrc-inclusion-595)

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