NEW DELHI, July 1 � The distribution of the forms for update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will take place from December 1 and the entire process is likely to be completed by December 2016, while the Register General of India (RGI) will keep an eye on the entire process.
This was among some of the decisions clinched at an official-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami at the North Block on Monday. The State Government officials were led by State Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla. Home Secretary, GD Tripathi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Jishnu Barua, were among others who attended the meeting. The meeting was also joined by the RGI, V Chandramauli, and Joint Secretary Shambhu Singh, among others.
According to sources, the meeting decided that the entire update process would be completed within the stipulated three-year period. The notification for the NRC update was issued in December 2013.
Sources said that the RGI has been assigned to monitor the entire updating process, while the Government of India has given the State Government full functional autonomy to conduct the operation.
As reported, the Home Ministry had on February 4 informed the Supreme Court that it had released Rs 25 crore to the Government of Assam on October 31 last for initiating work on the NRC update. The Court was hearing the matter in response to a writ petition filed by the Assam Public Works (APW).
The Centre mentioned that Prateek Hajela was appointed as Nodal Officer on January 28, while a gazette notification was issued on December 5, 2013 by the Registrar General of India.