Govt may explore legislative options to deal with NRC anomalies, says Assam CM ahead of Aug 31 deadline
By Moneycontrol 20-Aug-2019
The Supreme Court of India, which is monitoring the NRC process, has mandated publication of the final register on August 31.
Assam and the Centre had earlier moved a joint plea for extending the NRC deadline to allow a sample re-verification. However, the top court had rejected the plea on re-verification while extending the deadline from July 31 to August 31.
"In a democracy, everyone has the right to ask questions. After the publication of NRC, if necessary in future, we will take whatever steps will be required," Sonowal added.
Assam braces for final NRC publication
Sonowal said that Assam government will ensure peaceful publication of the NRC on August 31 as mandated by the Supreme Court.
Sonowal’s comments came after he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. According to the report, the two discussed measures required to handle the law and order situation in the north-eastern state following the publication of the final NRC.
The Indian Express quoted Sonowal as saying that people had remained calm when the draft NRC was published and that people would again “maintain calm”.
The Centre has assured “full support”, Sonowal said. “All our requirement for (security) forces would be fulfilled, we have been told,” he added.
In July, the government of Assam and the Centre sought the apex court’s permission to re-verify 20 percent of the names included in the final draft in the districts bordering Bangladesh and 10 percent in other areas. Over 41 lakh people were excluded from the previous NRC draft.
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