GUWAHATI, Aug 30 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be accomplished within three years in a phased manner.
�We will take 42 constituencies at a time in a year, and the 126 constituencies would be covered in three years,� Gogoi said at a press conference.
Gogoi said that the responsibility of updating the NRC would be entrusted with a special cell to be constituted for the purpose.
�The NRC issue has been festering for far too long, and we need to arrive at a solution once and for all that would be in the best interests of the State. We solicit cooperation from all quarters as it will be essential for arriving at a conclusion. There might be grievances with some quarters but we are ready to discuss those and take everybody into confidence,� Gogoi said.
On the BTAD situation, Gogoi said that the situation was improving and the affected people were willing to go back to their respective villages. �The Group of Ministers had a fruitful meeting there on Wednesday and the confidence-building measures are gradually starting to work,� he added.
Gogoi also ruled out chances of illegal migrants getting settled during the rehabilitation process, saying that land and citizenship documents would be verified before rehabilitating the displaced populace.
Gogoi revealed that the first special train taking back the people of the North-East to Bangalore who had left the State in the wake of an SMS terror campaign would leave Guwahati for Bangalore on September 1.
Meanwhile, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), in a statement, welcomed the Chief Minister�s announcement on NRC update, saying that an updated NRC alone was the way to resolve the burning issue of illegal infiltrators.
�There is an urgent need to stop communal violence and killing of innocent people in the process. The only way forward is to have an updated NRC which alone can solve the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh,� KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said in a statement.