The name of a retired official of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) from Biswanath district of Assam, who fought in the Kargil war in 1999, did not figure in the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The former Central Armed Police Forces official identified as Harka Bahadur Chetri had joined the SSB in 1971. He retired from his service in 2002.
“I have relentlessly worked for my country for 33 years. I am extremely disappointed with the NRC updation exercise,” said Chetri while speaking with Time8.
Suspecting foul play at the updation process, he further added, “I am born and brought up in Assam and completed my studies here. It is heartbreaking to learn that despite being an indigenous citizen, my citizenship status has been rejected. There must be anomalies in the updation process.”
It may be mentioned that the Assam government on August 31st, 2019 published the final NRC. A total of 3.11 crore people made it to the final list leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit claims.
The Assam government will provide legal aid to underprivileged and needy people who have been excluded from the final list of the NRC, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In a series of tweets, the spokesperson of MHA said that the Assam government has made necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to the needy people amongst those excluded from NRC final list, by providing all assistance through the District Legal Services Authorities.