DIPHU, Aug 18 - The West Karbi Anglong district administration on Friday conducted an awareness programme on the National Register of Citizens at the remote Umat NRC Seva Kendra located in the Chinthong region.
The move was initiated by West Karbi Anglong Deputy Commissioner Debojyoti Hazarika.
This area is located close to the Assam- Meghalaya border where hundreds of local Nepali community people�s names have not appeared in the recently-published final draft NRC.
In the awareness meet, officers who were present included Additional Deputy Commissioner Anil Chandra Das and NRC officials, besides local villagers of the area.
Upper Chinthong is mainly dominated by Nepali-speaking people belonging to the Gorkha community. According to official records, at least 40% names of the population in the area have not appeared in the recently-published complete draft NRC.
Deputy Commissioner Debojyoti Hazarika in his speech mentioned that it is not necessary to get alarmed and everyone whose credentials are correct will feature in the final list. He also urged the people not to be emotionally swayed by false news and urged the people under reference to contact the nearest NRC officials in this respect.
On the other hand, people belonging to the Khasi community and living along the Assam-Meghalaya border were also asked by the DC to offer full support to the NRC process.
The local people thanked the DC for his novel initiative in trying to bring peace to the remote border area. In the meeting, the DC presented an official award to Laxmi Prasad Adhikari, Village Defence Party incharge of Hawang border area for being selected as the best VDP of West Karbi Anglong district.