GUWAHATI, Aug 2 - The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the State Coordinator for National Register of Citizens (NRC) have started working on preparing fair and foolproof mechanism for disposing the claims and objections to be filed by the people on the draft of the NRC so that optimum level of accuracy can be maintained on the final NRC. The Supreme Court had directed that the mechanism to be used for disposal of the claims and objections should be submitted before it in the next hearing scheduled for August 16.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela said that the MHA and his office are also working out modalities for the benefit of the people of other states living in Assam, whose names were not included in the complete draft of the NRC. He said that though names of a good number of genuine Indian citizens living in Assam were included in the draft, some names could not be included because of the failure of the concerned states to send verification reports. He said that in a process like updating the NRC, subjective assessment is not possible and without back end verification of the documents, it is not possible for inclusion of some names in the NRC. He said that a mechanism for inclusion of names of such genuine Indian citizens in the NRC is being worked out in consultation with the MHA.
Replying to a question, Hajela said that personally he is satisfied with the draft of the NRC and thanked the entire team of officers and employees of the Government as well as the data entry operators �who carried out the massive exercise with utmost dedication.� He said that it was a very sincere effort by the entire team.
On the allegations of mistakes in the NRC, Hajela admitted that in such a major exercise, hundred per cent accuracy is not guaranteed and minimal errors cannot be ruled out. He said that is why a provision for filing claims and objections has been kept in the process and hoped that optimum level of accuracy would be maintained in the final NRC.
The NRC Coordinator said that a huge number of mischief by a sections of applicants and substantial number of bogus and forged documents were detected during meticulous scrutiny of the documents and family tree verification. Such irregularities could be detected only because of the dedicated work of all the officers and employees engaged in the process, he added. He also said that optimum use of information technology helped a great deal in preparation of the draft of the NRC and �it is a positive sign that all the software used during the process worked properly.� Minimal human error in such a major work can be expected and genuine Indian citizens, whose names were not included in the draft will get adequate opportunity to file claims, he added.
Hajela further pointed out that names of a few prominent persons were either dropped or wrong spellings appeared in the draft, which actually proved that the entire process was totally impartial and � we did not differentiate between individuals during the process.�