Morigaon: With only 16 days to go for the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), the flood situation has cast a shadow as the officials in Morigaon district of Assam are facing severe problems as most of the villages are inundated with the flood waters.
The process of hearings on the claims and objections is almost complete and final cross-checking is underway. The Supreme Court has set July 31st, 2019 as the deadline to publish the final NRC roll. Though devastating floods slowed down the process in some parts of the district, the officials engaged in the job are however confident of meeting the deadline.
The flood situation in Assam worsened with the death toll rising to 11 and affecting over 26 lakh people across 28 districts of the state on July 14th, 2019. Around 3.50 lakh people are hit in Morigaon. Embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and infrastructure have been damaged at various places in the district.
Mayong, Bhuragaon and Laharighat revenue circles are reeling under floods. A total of 296 villages 25,291 hectares of agriculture land and 3,49,703 people have been affected due to the deluge. A total of nine relief camps and relief distribution centres are operational in the district. Over 600 people are taking shelter in the relief camps.
“The overflowing rivers have submerged the low lying areas and it has become difficult for us to communicate with those villages. We are not being able to distribute the notices also. We have taken up the issue with the higher authorities,” said Satyali Biswas, Assistant Circle Officer, Bhuragaon.
She further added, “The NRC Seva Kendras, hearing centres and documents are safe. It is the claimants’ villages which are under reeling under flood waters.”
It may be mentioned that the NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons. The NRC is being updated in Assam to detect foreigners living illegally in the state.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, a partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 28,983,677 persons were found eligible out of 32,991,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC.