GUWAHATI, Sept 11 - The Assam government has urged the people of the State to wait for the Supreme Court�s final decision regarding the issue of gaon panchayat (GP) documents for the update of NRC as well as the issue of original inhabitant (OI).
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the Assembly today that the issue of providing GP certificates for NRC update is likely to be cleared during the apex court�s scheduled hearing on the matter on October 12. He, however, added that the scrutiny of such documents is unlikely to be completed before that date.
Patowary said the issue of OI has also been mandated by law and the Supreme Court has also advocated on the same line. He said what was expressed by NRC Project Coordinator Prateek Hajela before the SC so far was done on behalf of the Registrar General of India (RGI) and its representative.
Patowary said RGI is undertaking the main task with regard to the NRC update and the State government is extending its facilities, including staff, for that matter, while the apex court is monitoring the entire process.
Earlier, drawing attention to the matter, Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha cited media reports to express apprehension that besides the 48 lakh GP certificate holders, others who have submitted documents issued by lat mandals and gaon burhas may also not be able to include their names in the updated NRC.
AGP�s Prodip Hazarika said instances of fake birth certificates being issued by unscrupulous elements have come to light at Sarupathar.
AIUDF�s Mamun Imdalul Haque Chawdhury has called for clarification regarding the exact definition of OIs.