TURA, Sept 2 - The Anti Corruption and Human Development Organisation (ACHDO) has urged the Meghalaya government to speak to the Assam government to issue appropriate, acceptable documents, to help genuine indigenous women from Meghalaya who have been excluded from the NRC list in Assam.
The NGO is based in the plain belt of Garo Hills, which has seen a huge number of people being excluded from the NRC in Assam which was released on August 31.
The NGO stated that it has been noticed that many genuine Meghalaya women who have been married in Assam have been excluded from the NRC despite submitting valid Meghalaya documents. �These women should not be harassed as they are genuine, bona fide residents of India and have been announced as foreigners and became stateless overnight. It is a serious concern that documents from Meghalaya were not accepted,� said NGO president Israful Hoque.
The NGO urged the Meghalaya government to set up a legal aid office to help all those Meghalaya women who required help. �The government should take appropriate measures to ensure that they do not suffer. The suffering of even one of them is like the suffering of the entire state,� he added.
The NGO also asked the government to ensure that appropriate measures were taken so that infiltration does not occur. �There is a chance of infiltration of people not in the NRC list in Assam. We will also be watchdogs and bring any such activities to the notice of the authorities. We are in solidarity in saying �no to Bangladeshis� in Meghalaya.�
The NGO asked the MLAs from Phulbari (SG Esmatur Mominin), Rajabala (Azad Zaman) Mahendraganj (Dikkanchi D Shira) to raise the matter in the floor of the Assembly as well.
It once again urged Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and his government to take the matter seriously before it is too late.