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NRC update: Govt proposes 3-pronged action plan

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 23 � The State Government on Tuesday proposed a three-pronged action plan to the 26 organizations, including the All Assam Students Union (AASU), on the NRC update process at a meeting held in the conference hall of the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat here.

The government has suggested making the NRC form simpler, providing official assistance while filling up the form and a list of 13 documents while updating the NRC in Assam.

The government had invited the 26 organizations to resolve the impasse that had come over the process of NRC update since the violent protest by the All Assam Minorities Students� Union. The pilot project of NRC update in Chaygaon and Barpeta revenue circles had to be suspended on account of this development.

Government spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was present at the meeting, called upon the AASU and the other organizations to cooperate so that the government can immediately start the process.

Sarma said that the government was ready to start the NRC update in a phased manner. He also said that the update process should not be humiliating to a section of the people and suggested for a simplified form so that people do not have to take help of advocates.

Sarma further suggested a door to door approach so that all pseople can participate in the process. �The government will launch a campaign to motivate the people to cooperate with the process,� he said, adding that documents approved by the Election Commission would only be accepted as proof of citizenship. The government will place its suggestions before the organizations in writing as per their demand.

Sarma said that the government will just take five days to issue the simplified forms if the organizations agree to its suggestions.

AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya on behalf of the organizations said that the forms were simple and it was up to the government to explain it in a simplified manner to the people. He said that the organizations will discuss the government proposal and intimate their decision on the issue to the government at the earliest. He also pressed upon the government to start the update process all over Assam at the same time.

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NRC update: Govt proposes 3-pronged action plan

GUWAHATI, Nov 23 � The State Government on Tuesday proposed a three-pronged action plan to the 26 organizations, including the All Assam Students Union (AASU), on the NRC update process at a meeting held in the conference hall of the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat here.

The government has suggested making the NRC form simpler, providing official assistance while filling up the form and a list of 13 documents while updating the NRC in Assam.

The government had invited the 26 organizations to resolve the impasse that had come over the process of NRC update since the violent protest by the All Assam Minorities Students� Union. The pilot project of NRC update in Chaygaon and Barpeta revenue circles had to be suspended on account of this development.

Government spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was present at the meeting, called upon the AASU and the other organizations to cooperate so that the government can immediately start the process.

Sarma said that the government was ready to start the NRC update in a phased manner. He also said that the update process should not be humiliating to a section of the people and suggested for a simplified form so that people do not have to take help of advocates.

Sarma further suggested a door to door approach so that all pseople can participate in the process. �The government will launch a campaign to motivate the people to cooperate with the process,� he said, adding that documents approved by the Election Commission would only be accepted as proof of citizenship. The government will place its suggestions before the organizations in writing as per their demand.

Sarma said that the government will just take five days to issue the simplified forms if the organizations agree to its suggestions.

AASU adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya on behalf of the organizations said that the forms were simple and it was up to the government to explain it in a simplified manner to the people. He said that the organizations will discuss the government proposal and intimate their decision on the issue to the government at the earliest. He also pressed upon the government to start the update process all over Assam at the same time.