NEW DELHI, Nov 5 - Expressing its dismay over the report on border management submitted by the Centre and the State Government, the Supreme Court today ordered constitution of a coordination committee.
Resuming hearing of the case on National Register of Citizens (NRC) (No. 274/09), a Division Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and N Fali Nariman took up for hearing the additional affidavits filed by the Union Government and Assam Government and remarked that it was not happy with the two affidavits.
The Bench then ordered that both the Centre and the State should form a coordination committee. The coordination committee would be headed by Secretary, Border Management of the Ministry of Home Affairs and State Chief Secretary.
This committee will work on all the issues flagged by the Centre and the State governments, including those related to border fencing. The coordination committee will prepare an action plan on how to complete the work and fix a timefame. The committee has been directed to submit its report along with the action plan to the Supreme Court on the next date of hearing.
The next date of hearing is December 1.
Meanwhile, NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela was asked about the progress on updating of the NRC. The Court also enquired about the progress of the verification process, whether the Government was cooperating and also the manpower requirement. The Court directed the State Government to provide sufficient manpower and other needs required for the updating process.
The NRC coordinator was also asked to submit his report about the progress of the work, difficulties, if any, he is facing, verification of documents on the next date of hearing.
Later, the Court also thanked Commissioner Upamanyu Hazarika for his efforts on the ground. Hazarika submitted three reports on the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Meanwhile, petitioner of the case, Assam Public Works thanked the Court for its initiative and also the Court Commissioner Hazarika for his efforts.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) hailed the Supreme Court�s decision to appoint a coordination committee and resolve the border problem within a specific time-frame. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya told newsmen that they welcome the initiative taken by the apex court and its direction to form a coordination committee. Bhattacharya also conveyed AASU�s gratitude to Hazarika for his reports to the Court.