The status of 3.3 crore applicants to the Assam NRC — published on August 31, 2019 — was inaccessible due to non-renewal of IT Services Contract with Wipro, the company which looks after the online NRC data.
The “ineligible persons”, the official memo said, particularly referred to “Doubtful Voters (DV), Declared Foreigner (DF), descendants of Doubtful Voters and Declared Foreigners (DVD, DFD) and those with cases pending in Foreigners’ Tribunal (PFT)”.
BJP’s Alok Ghose said he was determined to make this work, with or without the government’s help. “We will raise funds and collect donations if need be,” said Ghose, who has been Chairman of the ALMDB since 2018.
Jabeda Begum submitted as many as 15 documents to back her claim of citizenship after being declared “a foreigner of post-1971 stream” by a Foreigners Tribunal in May 2019 but they were rejected by the Gauhati High Court.
On February 8, Assam University – a Central university established in 1994 in Silchar — rusticated Milan Das, a research scholar of the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, for two years.
Since the publication of the final list, which excluded 19 lakh people, five FIRs have been filed against Prateek Hajela, accusing him of allegedly tampering with NRC data and misappropriating funds.
As the narrative moves on to CAA and a possible nation-wide NRC, the Assam list hangs in a limbo. So does the fate of children out of it. The Centre has assured the Supreme Court, Parliament that such children, whose parents are on the list, won’t be taken to detention centres. But that hasn’t lessened their dread, of being sent away to “a place called Bangladesh”.
Hajela, now posted in Bhopal, has been booked in another FIR following a complaint by Assam Public Works, the NGO which originally petitioned the Supreme Court about the NRC updation.
“We have decided this because teaching Arabic, or some other language, or any religious text for that matter, is not the responsibility of the government,” said Himanta Biswa Sarma.
With Assam facing vehement opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which people believe poses a threat to their indigenous identity, the central government is now trying to pitch Clause 6 of Assam Accord as a balm to soothe the anger.
It has been found that the data has been unavailable on the website for the last couple of days, causing panic amongst the public, especially amongst those who have been excluded from the NRC as rejection certificates remain pending.
"This was proposed because there is a lot of controversy around the term ‘khilonjiya’ or 'indigenous'," said Assam’s Welfare of Minorities Minister Ranjit Dutta
Some fear such a census will “further marginalise” the descendants of Bengali-speaking migrants in Assam
Using traditional purification methods along with modern technology, the tank is expected to provide arsenic-free drinking water to 236 villages in Majuli island.
It is unclear how long the river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra, was ablaze. However, on Monday afternoon OIL authorities confirmed that the fire had extinguished itself after burning for a few “hours”.
Arupjyoti Saikia, a professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, is a scholar of international repute and is known for his research on the region’s agrarian and ecological history.
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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “A comprehensive rehabilitation policy would be formulated for providing employment opportunities to the surrendered militants so that they could make meaningful contribution to the nation building process.”
As per the agreement, the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) with Bodo groups will pave the way for reorganisation of areas under the Bodoland Territorial Council region, enhance the powers of the BTC, increase Assembly seats from 40 to 60, rehabilitate surrendered militants of NDFB.
Assam government on Tuesday appealed to insurgents in Assam and Manipur, including the United Liberation Front of Assam - Independent (ULFA-I), to come onboard for talks, saying it would usher peace and progress in the two states.
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