NEW DELHI, Aug 28 - The Assam Public Works (APW) today urged the Supreme Court to order reverification of inclusion of names of illegal migrants through family tree or any other way in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The APW filed an affidavit to bring on record instances of anomalies reported during the first and second phase of draft NRC publication.
It has sought a reverification in the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Chirang, South Salmara, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Darrang, Udalguri, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi during disposal of claims and objections in the update of NRC 1951 in Assam.
The petitioner said that after observing a very high percentage of inclusion into NRC in the suspected immigrant areas, it is suspected that there have been manipulations in the family tree verification and there is a need for reverification/cross verification of the family tree under Section 4.3 of the Schedule.
The verification of family tree would have been the foolproof method of NRC verification, had it been done properly. In the family tree verification, all the offsprings of a �legacy person� were asked to submit their family details which were compared through software. The family trees of the genuine offspring match and the family tree of a person who assumes a name in the pre-1971 documents as their ancestors does not match with that of the genuine offspring.
The Supreme Court engaged Upamanyu Hazarika for monitoring of the border issues of Assam. But for the update of NRC, the Supreme Court had to depend upon the reports of the State Coordinator only. A third party monitoring is necessary who can get direct feedback from the field and report to the court.
It may be mentioned that the verification officers, who all are government officials, are not permitted to report the anomalies in the verification process. Unless their assessments are not taken into account, it won�t be possible to correct the mistakes already done, the APW said.