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CM for �Team Assam� to expedite development

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 8 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal mooted the idea of �Team Assam� to expedite development of all sections of people of the State through participation of all in the development process.

Chairing a review meeting with the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of 16 districts along with other top officials of the civil and police administration of the State at Bongaigaon today, Sonowal said, �People of Assam have put the new dispensation into power and it is the duty of the Government to live up to the desire of the people with honesty, utmost dedication and determination.�

It may be mentioned that after taking over the reins of power in Dispur, Sonowal, in a bid to reach out to the people, is conducting review meetings and the one that took place in Bongaigaon today is the second after the one in Dibrugarh last month. In course of the meeting Sonowal asked the Government officials to adopt a �humane approach� to complete updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) within the stipulated time-frame. The Chief Minister also asked the DCs and SPs to adopt all the modalities set by the Supreme Court for a �correct� and �flawless� NRC. Sonowal also asked the officials to ensure �no foreigners� name creeps into the NRC and no genuine citizen is left out of the exercise�.

�The exercise of updating the NRC should reflect national commitment and national duty and all efforts should be made to allay fears of certain sections of the people centering on NRC,� he said.

The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of the NRC exercise of all the 16 districts by taking feedback from the DCs and SPs present at the meeting. The Chief Minister also instructed the district authorities to be vigilant so that forged documents do not mar the spirit of the NRC exercise. Sonowal also announced that the Government would acknowledge the service of the DCs and SPs with regard to updating the NRC and the best DC and SP will be awarded for showing excellence in the NRC exercise.

The issue of �D� voters figured prominently in the meeting. The Chief Minister categorically directed the concerned authority to refer the �D� voters issue to the Foreigners� Tribunals so that the cases can be disposed of on a fast-track basis. �Due sensitivity must be shown to the �D� voters so that the sense of insecurity does not lead to resentment in any way,� Sonowal added.

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