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APW refutes Govt claim on NRC update

By SPl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 6 � The controversy over detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants refuses to die down, with Assam Public Works (APW) on Monday refuting Assam Government�s claim that Assam Accord had laid out the process of updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

After filing an additional affidavit last week in response to the State Government�s affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on April 25, APW president Abhijeet Sharma told newsmen here that nothing was written in Assam Accord about NRC. The Government of Assam in its affidavit claimed that it was planning to update NRC according to Assam Accord signed in 1985.

�In our reply to the State Government�s affidavit we told that there is nothing written in Assam Accord about NRC. The Government of Assam is just fooling the court about the main problem. We will request the court to give direction to prepare NRC after clubbing it with the Citizenship Act Rule 4 (A) and make it an all-India norm,� he said.

The case is coming up for further hearing on May 8 in the Supreme Court.

In its affidavit filed before the apex court, the State Government has also submitted a road map for update of NRC. The State Government is committed to update and preparation of a correct NRC, it said. The Government of Assam is hopeful of completing the preparation of NRC within three years from the date of notification for the entire process in three phases. It would be the endeavour of the State to update 42 constituencies in each year. Initially 47 constituencies covering seven districts are proposed to be taken up.

Among other measures, the State Government said an NRC directorate to be headed by a commissioner-rank officer would be set up soon to coordinate the process of NRC update. In addition, the State has already set up an advisory commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge as chairperson and two senior retired government officials as members to advise the government on the matters relating to the foreigners� issue.

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APW refutes Govt claim on NRC update

NEW DELHI, May 6 � The controversy over detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants refuses to die down, with Assam Public Works (APW) on Monday refuting Assam Government�s claim that Assam Accord had laid out the process of updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

After filing an additional affidavit last week in response to the State Government�s affidavit filed in the Supreme Court on April 25, APW president Abhijeet Sharma told newsmen here that nothing was written in Assam Accord about NRC. The Government of Assam in its affidavit claimed that it was planning to update NRC according to Assam Accord signed in 1985.

�In our reply to the State Government�s affidavit we told that there is nothing written in Assam Accord about NRC. The Government of Assam is just fooling the court about the main problem. We will request the court to give direction to prepare NRC after clubbing it with the Citizenship Act Rule 4 (A) and make it an all-India norm,� he said.

The case is coming up for further hearing on May 8 in the Supreme Court.

In its affidavit filed before the apex court, the State Government has also submitted a road map for update of NRC. The State Government is committed to update and preparation of a correct NRC, it said. The Government of Assam is hopeful of completing the preparation of NRC within three years from the date of notification for the entire process in three phases. It would be the endeavour of the State to update 42 constituencies in each year. Initially 47 constituencies covering seven districts are proposed to be taken up.

Among other measures, the State Government said an NRC directorate to be headed by a commissioner-rank officer would be set up soon to coordinate the process of NRC update. In addition, the State has already set up an advisory commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge as chairperson and two senior retired government officials as members to advise the government on the matters relating to the foreigners� issue.

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