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    Tarun Gogoi Urges Supreme Court To Review Final Assam NRC List

    Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi slammed SC-appointed State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela for not ‘discharging duty and responsibility efficiently and effectively’

    Former three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has urged the Supreme Court to review the final National Register of Citizens (NRC). The senior Congress leader on September 5th, 2019, dashed off a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI), Ranjan Gogoi seeking the apex court’s intervention so that the “genuine Indian citizens are not deprived of their dignity and right to life and liberty enshrined by the Constitution of India”.

    Slamming the NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela for not ‘discharging duty and responsibility efficiently and effectively’, Gogoi said, “Due to the inefficiency and callousness of the NRC implementing authority, the excluded people have to bear all the difficulties. They have to move the Foreigners’ Tribunals to prove their citizenship.”

    Gogoi also expressed concern over the exclusion of the Army and police personnel, family members of the freedom fighters, MLAs, former MLAs and family members of former President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed from the final NRC list.

    “Almost all the political parties, social organizations and intellectuals have rejected the list. On the other hand, the stand of the Assam government is contrary to the central government. Hence, we urge the Supreme Court’s intervention in the matter,” he added.

    The final NRC was released on August 31st, 2019, after a six-year-long process. The updation process was started in 2013 after the top court had promulgated an order. The apex court has been monitoring the whole procedure since then.

    Out of 3,30,27,661 total applicants, 3,11,21,004 were included and 19,06,657 were excluded from the final list which was published on August 31st, 2019. The final draft NRC, which was released in 2018, excluded over 40 lakh people. It may be mentioned that around Rs 1,200 crore was spent in the NRC exercise.

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