GUWAHATI, April 7 � The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and 26 organisations representing different ethnic groups of the State today demanded that the Centre appoint observers to closely monitor the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951. The demand came following a meeting of the organisations here today.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said reports of tampering of the NRC by some unscrupulous persons should be taken very seriously by both the State and Central governments and strong action initiated against anyone found to be involved in such practices.
Bhattacharya pointed out that just as the Election Commission appoints observers for all the polls, similarly, the Centre should appoint observers to monitor updating of the NRC. At least one such observer should be appointed in each district, he said.
Meanwhile, today�s meeting welcomed Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi�s action of tabling a report with detailed recommendations on the definition of Assamese people for reservations under the provisions of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and demanded that the Central and State governments accept the recommendations.
The meeting also warned all those opposing the recommendations of the Speaker, adding that no one should go against the interests of the indigenous people of Assam.