Hitesh Dev Sarma is the new Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) Coordinator. The Assam government has released Prateek Hajela as the Supreme Court order. Sarma was earlier appointed as the executive director of the Assam NRC updation exercise. He was last posted as the Secretary, Urban Development and Finance Department, Assam.
The department of personnel and training under the ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions on November 7th, 2019 has approved the transfer Hajela to Madhya Pradesh.
Hajela has been subject to severe criticism from political and apolitical organisations, who were unhappy with the exclusion figure in the NRC list.
The Assam government on August 31st, 2019 officially released the final NRC list where names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible and 19,06,657 persons were excluded from the list including those who did not submit claims.