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GUWAHATI, July 7 � The State government has formed a Cabinet subcommittee to study the problems faced by the people during the ongoing NRC update process and suggest measures to simplify it.

Speaking to reporters here today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the subcommittee will have State ministers Bhumidhar Barman, Rakibul Hussain, Chandan Sarkar, Khorsing Engti, Ajanta Neog and Atuwa Munda as members.

�It is a fact that people are facing a lot of problems with regard to collection of legacy data and other things associated with the NRC update process. The Cabinet subcommittee will study the issue and suggest measures to simplify the procedure. Then we will place its recommendation before the Centre,� Gogoi said.

He, however, added that the entire NRC update process is being conducted by the Registrar General of India (RGI) under Supreme Court guidelines and the State government is only facilitating the work.

�I have no authority to stop the process. We can only recommend some measures to the Centre,� he said, when asked about the State government�s proposal to include the electoral rolls as supporting documents for NRC update.

Gogoi also emphasised that the process of National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme should be carried out in a foolproof manner so that names of illegal immigrants do not find place in the voters� list.

�Citizens should not suffer any problems while trying to enrol their names in the NRC,� he said.

Asked about the meeting called by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi tomorrow where Gogoi, dissident leader Himanta Biswa Sarma and APCC chief Anjan Dutta have been invited, he said, �I am called to Delhi by party high command every month. How do I know what will happen.�

He, however, stressed that there is no dissidence in the State Congress. Asked about the resignation of some leaders from the party, Gogoi said, �Leaders come and go.�

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State panel to study NRC-related problems

GUWAHATI, July 7 � The State government has formed a Cabinet subcommittee to study the problems faced by the people during the ongoing NRC update process and suggest measures to simplify it.

Speaking to reporters here today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the subcommittee will have State ministers Bhumidhar Barman, Rakibul Hussain, Chandan Sarkar, Khorsing Engti, Ajanta Neog and Atuwa Munda as members.

�It is a fact that people are facing a lot of problems with regard to collection of legacy data and other things associated with the NRC update process. The Cabinet subcommittee will study the issue and suggest measures to simplify the procedure. Then we will place its recommendation before the Centre,� Gogoi said.

He, however, added that the entire NRC update process is being conducted by the Registrar General of India (RGI) under Supreme Court guidelines and the State government is only facilitating the work.

�I have no authority to stop the process. We can only recommend some measures to the Centre,� he said, when asked about the State government�s proposal to include the electoral rolls as supporting documents for NRC update.

Gogoi also emphasised that the process of National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme should be carried out in a foolproof manner so that names of illegal immigrants do not find place in the voters� list.

�Citizens should not suffer any problems while trying to enrol their names in the NRC,� he said.

Asked about the meeting called by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi tomorrow where Gogoi, dissident leader Himanta Biswa Sarma and APCC chief Anjan Dutta have been invited, he said, �I am called to Delhi by party high command every month. How do I know what will happen.�

He, however, stressed that there is no dissidence in the State Congress. Asked about the resignation of some leaders from the party, Gogoi said, �Leaders come and go.�