GUWAHATI, June 29 � Completion of border fencing and preparation of an updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) are priorities with the State Government, even as an all-party meet on NRC is scheduled for July 16.
Briefing the media, Minister for Assam Accord Implementation Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the Government was not for any unilateral move on the issue of NRC update and �would proceed by taking everybody into confidence�.
The all-party meet will be followed by another round of dialogue with different organizations associated with the issue after which a modified proposal would be sent to the Centre by August.
�We need a bigger consensus on NRC update while ensuring that no post-1971 names of immigrants enter the NRC,� Sarma said.
The Minister revealed that an all-party delegation would visit the Indo-Bangla border in Barak Valley and Dhubri sectors next month to have an on-the-spot assessment of border fencing work.
�If necessary, the all-party meet will go to Delhi, and even Kashmir to see the remote sensor-based Indo-Pak border fencing there so that the prospects of a similar exercise in border fencing might be taken up here,� Sarma said.
Quoting senior PWD officials, Sarma said that the border fencing portion undertaken by the PWD should be complete within three months. �However, official records are always bright and the all-party delegation will see for itself the progress made so far,� he said, adding that possibilities of introducing the most modern technologies for manning the riverine part of the border would be explored.