GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - The All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has urged the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts of the State to �devote themselves wholeheartedly� into the all-important matter of verification of documents concerning the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process.
Asserting that the verification of citizenship documents was the most crucial part of the NRC update process, which would distinguish the illegal Bangladeshi settlers from Indian citizens, the AASU said that the exercise would have an irreversible bearing on the future of the indigenous people of Assam who face an existential crisis in the face of unabated illegal cross-border migration from Bangladesh over the decades.
�The verification of NRC documents is the most fundamental part of the NRC updating exercise. It will distinguish the genuine Indian citizens from illegal Bangladeshi migrants once and for all. We have full faith in the competence and sincerity of the Deputy Commissioners who have an onerous responsibility on the matter,� the AASU said in a statement.
Pointing out that all the people residing in Assam � including a large number of illegal migrants � had got the chance to file NRC forms, the AASU said that such illegal settlers would definitely want to convert themselves into permanent and bonafide residents of the State by entering their names in the NRC with the help of forged documents.
�Every family living in the State has submitted NRC forms. It is natural that many illegal settlers would have also done it through forged documents. Such cases have already been reported. It is the bounden duty of the Government and the administration to ensure that the NRC remains foolproof with the names of only the legal citizens,� the AASU said.
The AASU also urged the Deputy Commissioners to exempt the officials and employees engaged in the NRC form verification process from other duties and responsibilities till the process of verification was over.
The security to these officials and employees must also be adequate, it added.