NRC forms shortage: Submission process crawling at a snail's pace

SILCHAR, July 15: The NRC form submission is proceeding at a slow pace in Lakhipur sub-division. Besides, there is an acute shortage of forms in the area as only 49,000 forms have been distributed in the sub-division. According to credible sources it has been learnt that only 5.75% of forms numbering about 3,000 have been submitted till July 13. The total population of the sub-division is around 2 lakh. The total number of NRC Seva Kendras in the area is only 23 which is insufficient to meet the demand. It is to be noted that the last date for NRC submission is July 31, 2015.
Though the NRC application forms were to be made available by the Seva Kendras from April 1, it actually started from June 18, delayed by more than two and half months. Tribals who constitute a large segment of the total population have not been able to fill up forms as these have been in Bengali. Tribal leaders met the SDO (Civil) T T D Daulagupu and apprised him of their difficulties. They insisted on forms in English. The SDO took up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, S Viswanathan, IAS, who arranged to send English forms. According to update information, no tribal has submitted NRC application forms as on this date.
Speaking on the issue T T D Daulagupu, SDO (Civil), said, “We have received an additional 15,000 forms which have already been distributed among the NRC Seva Kendras. Out of the additional 15,000 forms received, 10,500 are in English and 4,500 are in Bengali.” He has appealed to the people to collect the forms from their respective Seva Kendras and submit them by July 31.
The dismayed people of the sub-division have strongly registered their protest against the present slow state of NRC update. Speaking to the media, an aged resident of the area said that if this state of affairs continues, the higher authorities concerned should exert their good offices to see that the last date of submission is extended at least by a month more. The authorities should ensure that the common people who are bonafide Indian citizens get their names enlisted in the NRC update. (Source:SentinelAssam)

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