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APW seeks panel to monitor claims, objection process

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NEW DELHI, Aug 28 - A high level committee should be constituted to monitor the entire process of claims and objection under the supervision of the Supreme Court, said the Assam Public Works (APW) in its affidavit submitted to the top court today.

The APW submitted the affidavit in its response to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) submitted by the Centre before the Supreme Court for disposal of claims and objections in the update of National Register of Citizens (NRC) 1951 in Assam.

The Supreme Court had sought responses in this regard from eight petitioners, including the APW.

Any citizen of India ordinarily residing in Assam should be entitled or eligible to lodge objection against erroneous inclusion of name of a person or names of persons in the final draft NRC, the APW said, suggesting that one observer should be deputed in each centre to oversee hearing of claims and objections.

It said the Assam Police (Border) should also be permitted to lodge objections against inclusion of names of alleged illegal migrants in the draft NRC. �Claims and objections in one district should be heard by officials from other districts... Officials of one district alone should not be allowed to decide claims and objections relating to the said district,� the APW submitted.

Quality check of each NSK should be audited by a third party engaged by the Supreme Court, the APW said, advocating limited access should be given to the same legacy data so that it can be checked if any person has fraudulently used the legacy data.

The APW also sought that the family tree verification report be uploaded and rules be relaxed for inclusion of names of Indian citizens. It also suggested that no penalty should be imposed in case the objection is rejected and necessary data of final draft NRC should be made public online.

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APW seeks panel to monitor claims, objection process

NEW DELHI, Aug 28 - A high level committee should be constituted to monitor the entire process of claims and objection under the supervision of the Supreme Court, said the Assam Public Works (APW) in its affidavit submitted to the top court today.

The APW submitted the affidavit in its response to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) submitted by the Centre before the Supreme Court for disposal of claims and objections in the update of National Register of Citizens (NRC) 1951 in Assam.

The Supreme Court had sought responses in this regard from eight petitioners, including the APW.

Any citizen of India ordinarily residing in Assam should be entitled or eligible to lodge objection against erroneous inclusion of name of a person or names of persons in the final draft NRC, the APW said, suggesting that one observer should be deputed in each centre to oversee hearing of claims and objections.

It said the Assam Police (Border) should also be permitted to lodge objections against inclusion of names of alleged illegal migrants in the draft NRC. �Claims and objections in one district should be heard by officials from other districts... Officials of one district alone should not be allowed to decide claims and objections relating to the said district,� the APW submitted.

Quality check of each NSK should be audited by a third party engaged by the Supreme Court, the APW said, advocating limited access should be given to the same legacy data so that it can be checked if any person has fraudulently used the legacy data.

The APW also sought that the family tree verification report be uploaded and rules be relaxed for inclusion of names of Indian citizens. It also suggested that no penalty should be imposed in case the objection is rejected and necessary data of final draft NRC should be made public online.

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