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GUWAHATI, July 28 - Speakers in a public meeting held at the Latasil Bishnu-Nirmala Bhawan here today laid stress on mutual dialogues among the people of the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys and the followers of Hinduism and Islam on issues relating to the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and citizenship rights.

They condemned the vicious campaign launched by some circles, including the Awaz portal, to malign the ongoing NRC update process.

The meeting also laid stress on maintaining the age-old amity among various communities and keeping the current linguistic character of Assam intact.

The meeting presided over by a three-man presidium comprising educationist and writer Dr Debabrata Sarma, educationist Shanti Mitra and trade unionist Manas Das, demanded preparation of a correct NRC in a manner so that the name of no genuine Indian is excluded from the document. Moreover, it called for scrapping the provision of �D� (doubtful) voters, describing it to be incompatible with the laws of the land.

The meeting, organised jointly by the Forum for Social Harmony, Deshaprem and Basundhara for New Days, opposed the provision of keeping �D� voters in detention camps, describing it as a threat to the country�s democratic system.

It opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, too, due to its conflict with the provisions of the Indian Constitution. The meeting felt it to be a product of the attempt to polarise people on communal lines.

Speakers in the meeting urged the people to consider the problems faced by some sections of the society in the NRC update process and the harassment meted out to them in the name of �D� voters. Most women belonging to minority communities have been facing serious problems in the NRC update process due to the erroneous listing of their names and related data by electoral roll enumerators.

It is also believed by many minority people that there is a conspiracy to exclude their names from the updated NRC by dubbing them as �D� voters. Some people in power are also provoking the common people with irresponsible statements on the NRC update process. This has led to a lot of angst among the people.

Because of all these factors, many people have become wary of the NRC update process, said the speakers, while laying stress on preparation of a correct NRC.

The speakers also called for resolution of issues like handling those people who are excluded from the NRC as foreign nationals, those whose names are excluded from the NRC despite their meeting all citizenship criteria, children of the declared foreigners, etc., which may arise due to the updated NRC.

The speakers in the meeting included senior Gauhati High Court advocate HRA Choudhury, former B Borooah College teacher Jagadish Goswami, former Cotton College teacher Biswajit Chakraborty, Gauhati High Court advocate Santanu Barthakur, former Gauhati University professor Abdul Mannan, Tinsukia College teacher Sushanta Kar, advocate Aliullah Laskar and GU professor Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta, among others.

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Public meeting calls for preparation of correct NRC

GUWAHATI, July 28 - Speakers in a public meeting held at the Latasil Bishnu-Nirmala Bhawan here today laid stress on mutual dialogues among the people of the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys and the followers of Hinduism and Islam on issues relating to the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and citizenship rights.

They condemned the vicious campaign launched by some circles, including the Awaz portal, to malign the ongoing NRC update process.

The meeting also laid stress on maintaining the age-old amity among various communities and keeping the current linguistic character of Assam intact.

The meeting presided over by a three-man presidium comprising educationist and writer Dr Debabrata Sarma, educationist Shanti Mitra and trade unionist Manas Das, demanded preparation of a correct NRC in a manner so that the name of no genuine Indian is excluded from the document. Moreover, it called for scrapping the provision of �D� (doubtful) voters, describing it to be incompatible with the laws of the land.

The meeting, organised jointly by the Forum for Social Harmony, Deshaprem and Basundhara for New Days, opposed the provision of keeping �D� voters in detention camps, describing it as a threat to the country�s democratic system.

It opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, too, due to its conflict with the provisions of the Indian Constitution. The meeting felt it to be a product of the attempt to polarise people on communal lines.

Speakers in the meeting urged the people to consider the problems faced by some sections of the society in the NRC update process and the harassment meted out to them in the name of �D� voters. Most women belonging to minority communities have been facing serious problems in the NRC update process due to the erroneous listing of their names and related data by electoral roll enumerators.

It is also believed by many minority people that there is a conspiracy to exclude their names from the updated NRC by dubbing them as �D� voters. Some people in power are also provoking the common people with irresponsible statements on the NRC update process. This has led to a lot of angst among the people.

Because of all these factors, many people have become wary of the NRC update process, said the speakers, while laying stress on preparation of a correct NRC.

The speakers also called for resolution of issues like handling those people who are excluded from the NRC as foreign nationals, those whose names are excluded from the NRC despite their meeting all citizenship criteria, children of the declared foreigners, etc., which may arise due to the updated NRC.

The speakers in the meeting included senior Gauhati High Court advocate HRA Choudhury, former B Borooah College teacher Jagadish Goswami, former Cotton College teacher Biswajit Chakraborty, Gauhati High Court advocate Santanu Barthakur, former Gauhati University professor Abdul Mannan, Tinsukia College teacher Sushanta Kar, advocate Aliullah Laskar and GU professor Dr Akhil Ranjan Dutta, among others.

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