GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � The State Cabinet today accepted the recommendations of the cabinet sub committee on updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The sub committee has recommended updating of the NRC in 42 legislative assembly constituencies in the first phase and house to house distribution and collection of forms in all the 126 constituencies for the purpose.
Village level facilitators have been asked to be engaged by the district registrars for updating the document, it said and suggested that the D Voters may also apply for entering their names in the document with the provision that their names should be entered in the document provided the Foreigners� Tribunals clear them.
The sub committee has accepted ration card as a supporting document provided such cards are issued on or before March 24, 1971. It suggested setting up of help lines for helping the applicants in matters of filling up their applications.
It further suggested setting up of village/town level consultative committees comprising the gaon burhas and GP secretaries and the SDC concerned respectively as their members. It said that public awareness campaigns for updating the document should be organized but in the process, no political party should be allowed to be a party.
On the issue of place of birth of the applicants, the sub committee suggested that the place of birth is to be mentioned by the applicants.
The Cabinet today withdrew VAT from textile items and sugar with immediate effect. It has also raised the limitation of Corpus Contingency Fund from Rs 50 crore to Rs 300 crore.
The meeting also mourned the death of all those killed in the recent violence in Kokrajhat and Chirang districts and made an appeal to all sections of people to maintain peace and harmony and reiterated the government decision to rehabilitate all the affected people.
Significantly, Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was absent in the meeting.