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State govt files additional affidavit on NRC in SC


GUWAHATI, July 13 - The Assam government has submitted an additional affidavit in the Supreme Court requesting steps for inclusion of the original inhabitants based on the Citizenship Act 1955, Rule 2003 in the ongoing updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

According to an official press release, the State government, in its additional affidavit, has pleaded for bringing in changes in the modalities of the NRC updating exercise for unconditional inclusion of all the Scheduled Tribes (STs) both Hills and Plains and other six ethnic communities namely Morans, Mataks, Chutias, Tai-Ahoms, Koch-Rajbonghis and tea communities.

Moreover, based on the caste certificates issued by the competent authorities, the people of the Scheduled Castes (SCs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Most Other Backward Classes (MOBCs) who are residing in Assam for more than 100 years should automatically find their names in the updated NRC, the State government pleaded.

Further, the State government recommended extension of the time-frame for submission of NRC applications, supply of additional computers along with operators, simplification of the NRC update procedure and house-to-house visits by the officials concerned for completion of the entire exercise, the press release said.

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