A retired Indian Air Force(IAF) jawan, Sabindra Sharma’s name did not figure in the final list of the National Register of Citizens.
A resident of Biswanath district, Sharma had joined the Air Force in January 1st, 1980. After serving as a flight commandant at the Indian airspace for 36 years he retired from his service in January 20th, 2019.
“I was shocked that my name did not figure in the final list of the NRC as names of all the family members were included in the list. After receiving notices i appeared for 3 hearings and the officials were satisfied with the documents. I do not know what went wrong, ” said Sharma.
Sharma who was deployed as the Second Leftenant Commander at the Tezpur airbase was conferred with the Rashtraprati award by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2017. His father Tez Prasad Sharma was a freedom fighter.
During his service period he was deployed in different parts of the country– Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and so on.
It may be mentioned that the the Assam government on August 31st, 2019 officially released the final National Register of Citizens(NRC) list where names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible for inclusion leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit claims.
The process of NRC Update was started in Assam as per the order of the Supreme Court of India in 2013. Since then, the Apex Court has been closely monitoring the entire process. The process of NRC update in Assam differs from the rest of the country and is governed by Rule 4A and the corresponding Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. These rules have been framed as per the cut-off date of March 24th,(Midnight), 1971 decided as per Assam Accord.