The four-year-long process will culminate with the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) tomorrow and the State administration is fully geared up to ensure that the event passes off smoothly.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has said that tomorrow would be a crucial day for the indigenous people of Assam as publication of the NRC would be the first step towards permanent solution of the problem of infiltration of foreigners.
The process, which formally started with publication of the legacy data on February 27, 2015 will culminate with the publication of the final NRC, hard copies of which will be available in all the 2500 NRC Seva Kendras spread all over the State as well as in the offices of the Deputy Commissioners and Circle Officers. The NRC will also be available online.
However, the copies to be released tomorrow will only have the names of persons whose names were excluded from the draft of the citizenship document and added later after hearings of the claims and objections. The lists of exclusions will not be made public.
Meanwhile, the Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Kumar Sanjay Krishna said that though the government is not apprehending any law-and-order problem after the publication of the NRC, the police and security forces are on the alert. He said that the Centre has sent more than 50 companies of additional forces and the forces have been deployed on the ground according to requirement.
Sanjay Krishna pointed out that the Chief Minister himself reviewed the situation on the ground in a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and the range DIGs recently. The DCs and SPs have been directed to make the people aware about the NRC and the steps that would be taken by the government. The government has also directed the DCs and SPs to take effective steps for augmenting intelligence gathering so that no one can create panic among the people, he added. “The government is fully prepared for the publication of the NRC and we are confident that the event will pass off peacefully,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that publication of the NRC would be crucial for the future of the indigenous people of Assam. He said that the people of the State agitated for six years and waited for 34 years from the day of signing of the Assam Accord for a permanent solution to the problem of infiltration. “Tomorrow is a crucial day and the first step towards solution of the problem of infiltration,” he added.
Bhattacharya expressed the hope that as the Supreme Court was constantly monitoring the process, the people of the State would get a correct NRC free from names of foreign nationals. It is because of the constant monitoring of the Supreme Court the process could be completed, he added and thanked the government officers and employees who worked tirelessly for more than four years to complete the process.
Bhattacharya also said that no one should try to mislead people after the publication of the NRC and appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace.