NEW DELHI, April 20 - Blaming the Tarun Gogoi Government for alleged harassment being faced by the linguistic and religious minority community, Assam Minority Jatiya Parishad (AMJP) today called for review of the verification process of the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) update.
A delegation of the AMJP led by its president and former MLA Abdul Aziz submitted a memorandum to the Registrar General of India (RGI) demanding that verification of the Panchayat certificate holder should be done at her house. They also protested that additional documents like Pan cards are being sought from applicants, apart from the Panchayat certificates.
Aziz said that provision of furnishing family tree was not there in the agreed modalities for preparation of NRC. Now this provision is being misused in the name of verification of family tree and Panchayat certificates. But in most of the cases, even though there is no denial or non-corroboration, persons are being notified to attend hearing in far away and remote places, leading to harassment of the applicants, he said.
Briefing newsmen at the Press Club of India here, Aziz, who was accompanied by advocate NH Mazarbhuiyan, said that the RGI assured them that he would look into their grievances and check with the Nodal Officer why additional documents were being sought.
�We will wait and observe whether the necessary changes are carried out, failing of which we will file an intervention petition in the Supreme Court,� said Aziz.
Replying to questions, they said that they fear that names of 48 lakh married women would be kept out of the NRC.
Meanwhile, Aziz blamed the then Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for the plight of the minority community in Assam. He said that it was the Gogoi Government which drafted all the rules on updating of NRC, because of which they are now facing harassment. He said the rules were kept secret and even minority ministers and MLAs were not aware about it, even though they were made to sign.
Replying to questions, Aziz said that the minority community in Assam would have a re-think on supporting the Congress party in the 2019 parliamentary polls.