SILCHAR, Aug 2 - State Minister of Forest and Environment Parimal Suklabaidya on Wednesday said that if the West Bengal government is so much concerned about the people of Assam, they should come to the State with the quantum of documents of the NRC applicants yet to be verified by West Bengal government.
�If officials from the Trinamool Congress are willing to visit Assam with concerns for the 40 lakh people who were not included in the complete draft of the NRC, then they must bring the pending documents sent by the State government for verification. It is because of the lack of cooperation from the West Bengal government regarding verification of documents that people from Assam with connections in different parts of West Bengal have not been able to get their names included in the complete draft,� the Minister said.
According to sources, out of the total 1,11,048 papers sent, the West Bengal government had verified and sent only 5,852 documents to the State government before the complete draft was published.
Further, without naming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Suklabaidya said, �Comments like Assam is on the brink of a civil war by politicians from �outside� are unnecessary and uncalled for. The BJP government is well aware of the rights of the people of the State. TMC must not poke its nose in our afffairs.� He added to mention that politicians must not make efforts to divert or disturb the process of NRC which is reaching its culmination under the directions of the Supreme Court of India.
Asked about the harassment meted out to the people travelling from southern Assam along the inter-State borders of Meghalaya and Manipur since the publication of the complete draft, Suklabaidya said, �Whatever is happening is unfortunate. When the government has assured that no action will be taken against those who have been left out of the complete draft, no one should harass people in any way. The State government is consulting the issue with the Meghalaya government for an immediate solution.�
Meanwhile, Cachar district BJP president Kaushik Rai has said that the party will open help desks for the NRC left outs across Silchar, Lakhimpur in association with the local civic bodies and even with assistance from Sonai Town Committee. People who have not been included in the complete draft must submit their applications for claims and objections, Rai said. The party will also open legal aid centres with as many as 40 advocates including veterans like Niharendra Narayan Tagore and Anil Chandra Dey, he added.