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Sonowal likely to meet Rajnath today

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 21 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is likely to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday morning to review the ongoing NRC exercise in the State.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on Friday but had to be postponed because of the no-confidence motion in the Parliament yesterday. The crucial meeting will also be attended by top officials of the Home Ministry and the State Government, sources said.

The review of the law-and-order situation in the State in the backdrop of the ongoing NRC exercise comes less than 10 days before the publication of the final draft of the NRC. The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the exercise, is also scheduled to take up the hearing of the case on July 31.

The Union Home Minister had last reviewed the law-and-order situation in Assam on June 30 in a high-level meeting with the Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, the Centre has agreed to deploy additional paramilitary forces in the State as and when demanded by the State authorities.

�The Centre has assured to give us adequate forces to tackle the situation,� State DGP Kuladhar Saikia had told newsmen after attending an official-level review meeting on July 4.

The DGP also revealed that orders have been passed to the SPs of all districts to review the situation on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the meeting tomorrow is also likely to take up the demand of the six communities for ST status, in the face of intensification of their agitation in the State.

As reported, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, after chairing a meeting of the representatives of the six communities on Friday, said that the process was taking some time as the Centre was minutely examining the demand.

An official hinted that the Centre was exploring the possibility of giving some incentives in lieu of the demand for the ST status.

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