Press Meet, 20th October, 2016 by State Coordinator NRC, Assam
The last few days have witnessed certain opinions expressed and reported in the media alleging that work on NRC update has slowed down under the new Government and that no information about NRC update process has been made public till date. There are also reports that NRC documents were found in a Hotel / Tea Shop. The said news items have come to the notice of the office of the State Coordinator, NRC. Insofar as the matter of NRC documents being found in a Hotel / Tea Shopis concerned, a separate Media Response has already been uploaded in the NRC Web-site. About other matters, the State Coordinator addressed a Press Meet at 5 PM on 20th October, 2016 in his office wherein the following points were highlighted :
* The State Government has accorded topmost priority to the process of update of the NRC, 1951 and the same has been communicated to all concerned through various means during the last 4-5 months.
* The first Government office that the Hon’ble Chief Minister visited immediately after taking charge on May, 25, 2016 was the NRC office. He visited the NRC State Office even before entering his own office and took stock of the NRC Update process.
* Within a few days of assuming charge, the Hon’ble Chief Minister held Zonal Review Meetings at Dibrugarh, Bongaigaon and Silchar with the DCs&SPs to review matters of NRC update process and directed them to expedite the NRC update exercise.
* Similar instruction were conveyed again by the Hon’bleChief Minister during his address to the DCs and SPs during their Conference held on 29th September, 2016.
* Strict instructions issued by State Government to the Deputy Commissioners on NRC Update matters. Chief Secretary has written DO letters (dated 4th October, 2016) to all DCs to accord topmost priority to NRC Update works.
* Works of NRC Update exercise are going on at full swing. Speed cannot be allowed to bulldoze quality in a “once in a lifetime” exercise wherein maintenance of accuracy has been emphasised by the Apex Court. As such, verification works are being carried out at an optimum speed to ensure that there is no compromise with quality. The pace may appear to be slow to the outside world but the magnitude of achievements are extremely huge in comparison with the time frame. The Speed of NRC works has also increased significantly during the last few months. In his speech on 15th August, the Hon’ble Chief Minister declared that the NRC update will be completed by 2017.
* Around 50,000 Government officers and other staff apart from 8500 data entry operators are working on war footing to complete the exercise as soon as possible. Total 68.21 lakh families have applied for inclusion in updated NRC, involving around 3.27 crores persons with 6.67 crore documents submitted.The task of NRC Update is “mammoth” with the verification works involving unprecedented volumes of physical verification, computerisation and digitisation.
* 4.94 crore documents out of targeted 5.96 crores documents have already been verified.The documents verification process adopted is the first of its kind wherein all documents are being verified through comparison with the original records/backend available with the issuing authorities.
* All Manual Family Tree Forms submitted by the public have been scanned already. Software for Family Tree checking for all those submitting Legacy Data in their Applications developed and launched across the entire state and computer data entry completed for62.15% (35.52 lakhs) Application Forms) already.
* Hon’ble CM has already written DO letters to Hon’ble Union Home Minister and also met him personally repeatedly to sanction the funds required for NRC Update exercise.Hon’bleCM has also taken up the issue with the Hon’blePrime Minister. As a result of his continuous perseverance, assurance has been received from Government of India on 19th October, 2016 to sanction additional funds of Rs 620 crores. This would increase the sanctioned amount to Rs. 908 crores from the earlier amount of Rs 288.18 crores. All the required fundsalso to be released by Government of India shortly.An amount of Rs 249 crores provisioned by the State Government in its Budget during the last Budget Session.
* The Registrar General of India accompanied by the Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs, visited Guwahati on 27th and 28th September, 2016 and held elaborate discussions with the State Government officials on the progress of NRC Update exercise.
* The State Coordinator will submit the Progress Report to the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the next hearing scheduled to be held on 26th October, 2016.
RESPONSES TO MEDIA REPORTS DATED 19th & 20th OCTOBER, 2016
Asomiya Pratidin & Doinik Agradoot Report : ‘Asomiya Pratidin’ & ‘Doinik Agradoot’ in their issues dated 19th October, 2016 published reports under caption “ ঢেকীয়াজুলিত চাঞ্চল্য- হোটেলত উদ্ধাৰ এন আৰ চি’ৰ নথি-পত্ৰ”/ “এন আৰ চি’ৰ নথি উদ্ধাৰ ঢেকীয়াজুলিৰ হোটেলত” respectively in which great public resentment is alleged to have grown over the incident of recovery of documents submitted by the local people for NRC update process to Pirakata Gaon Panchayat NSK in Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle under Sonitpur district in a hotel of Dhekiajuli town. According to the report, some customers while having tea at the tea stall of one Subal Dutta in Dhekiajuli town daily market noticed the documents being used as paper plates to serve sweets etc and local reporters immediately informed Ms Liza talukdar, Circle Officer of Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle who filed an FIR against the Secreatry, Pirakata GP and LRCR of Pirakata GP NSK. The owner of the hotel is reported to have bought the documents/papers from a petty vendor of old papers etc. Police has reportedly seized the documents from the hotel and started investigation on the matter.
The Sentinel Report : The media report captioned “Bags of NRC documents seized in Dhekiajuli hotel, one arrested” published in ‘The Sentinel’ in its issue dated 20th October, 2016, said that 3 more bags of NRC documents of Rakhasmari Gaon Panchayat and Niz Borsola Gaon Panchayat area allegedly containing voters list, circle officer certified documents, marriage certificates, among others, of the NRC applicants were recovered by Dhekiajuli Police on Wednesday from a hotel owned by one Subal Dutta in Dhekiajuli daily bazaar. According to the report, The Circle Officer, Dhekiajuli is reportedly filed FIR against the concerned GP Presidents/councillors and Police has arrested the councillor of Rakhasmari GP while the others are absconding. The documents were reportedly brought to a private DTP centre for uploading.
Our Response :The reports about appearance of NRC documents in a Hotel/Tea Shop are absolutely incorrect and misleading. The said documents which have been reported to be so found are not NRC documents. The public have submitted various kinds of documents in support of their eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC viz. Electoral Rolls, Educational Certificates, Rations Cards, Employment Certificates etc. These documents have been issued by various issuing authorities across the state and the country, some even from outside India. NRC authorities or the NRC Update exercise cannot be dragged into the issue of loss of any documents from such issuing authorities. The instant case at Dhekiajuli is also such where copies of some certificates issued by certain Gram Panchayat Offices are being found outside such office. This appearance of the documents outside the Gram Panchayat office premises has no relation with the NRC Update exercise. Public may rest assured that all documents submitted by them with the NRC authorities are in safe custody. NRC update exercise cannot be held responsible for possible loss of copies of documents from the offices of the various issuing authorities whether such documents may have been used for submission with NRC Application Forms or not.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORT DATED 25-09-2016
JANASADHARAN REPORT :Janasadharan in its issue dated 25th September, 2016 published a report attributed to its Staff reporter under caption “এন আৰ চি’ৰ কামত স্থবিৰতা.....” in which it is alleged that the State Government has begun to neglect the process of updating of NRC in the State even though they publicly announced to accord topmost priority on it. The report also alleged that after the Personnel Department under control of the Chief Minister himself caused obstructions to the ongoing crucial phase of verification of documents by transferring Circle Officers, fund constraints has now affected NRC works. It is further alleged in the report that the Central Government released Rs 200 crore to the State Govt against revised budget of Rs 793.89 crore submitted by the State CM to Union Home Minister on 8th July, 2016 for NRC works, but the State Finance Deptt has released a paltry amount only out of the said Rs. 200 crore as a result of which no remuneration to Contractual Staff, DPS, CPS & WIPRO and Honorarium to Govt employees engaged in NRC works have been paid besides stopping of supply of POL to field staff for months. The report further alleged that Some Computers/Printers have been stolen from NSKs as the discontented night chowkidars neglected duties for non payment of their remuneration. As per the report a question has been raised by public as to whether NRC update process is being sought to bring to a standstill till granting of Citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed.
Our Response :The report of the Staff Reporter, Janasadharan as published in its issue dated 26th September, 2016 is not based on facts. The verification works relating to NRC update process is going on full swing across the State and in no case works have come to halt. In fact, count of document verified and uploaded by district teams increased from 35,40,300 documents on 29-05-2016 to 91,89,800 documents on 25th September, 2016 which shows that normal functioning is not at all hampered. The report regarding release of Rs. 200 crore by the Central Government to the State Government against the revised budget of Rs. 793.89 crore submitted to Union Home Minister by the State CM on 8th July, 2016 is not based on facts.There is no fund which has been released by Government of India but yet to be released by State Government to NRC authority. Release of Central fund against the revised budget for NRC is still under process. The fact remains that even in the absence of any revised sanction by Government of India, the State Govt has earmarked Rs. 249.32 Crore in the State budget for NRC works. There may be some procedural delay in release of remuneration to NRC personnel, but it has been ensured to continue functions of the NRC update process. The remuneration to all the contractual staff has already been released up to month of August and release of remuneration for the month of September, 2016 is under process. The morale of the NRC team is very high and they are committed to work for NRC and deliver to best of their capacity without being perturbed by issues like delayed payment of remuneration. The report on theft of Computers/ Printers from NRC due to negligence of discontented night Chowkidars is also found to be not based on facts. Similarly, the apprehension expressed in the report that NRC update process is being sought to bring to a standstill is imaginary and motivated having no merit in it.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORT DATED 23-08-2016
DOINIK JUGASANKHA :Doinik Jugasankha in its issue dated 23rd August, 2016 published a report under the caption “এন আবসি নিয়ে পাৰ্শ্ববৰ্ত্তী বাজ্যেব সাহায্য নেয়নি অসম সবকাব : ভাগপ ” in which an Organisation called Bharatiya Gana Parishad (BHAGPA) is quoted to have alleged that a conspiracy is made to deprive two lakhs seventy thousand Bengalis from Tripura State from being included in NRC, Assam. The report further alleged that the no efforts have been made by the Govt of Assam to collect information on behalf of the Bengalis of Tripura from the Govt of Tripura which gives rise to increasing tension amongst the people coming from other States to live in Assam. It also quoted Shri Pabitra Kar, Deputy Speaker, Govt of Tripura as saying that Tripura Govt has already clarified through press release in media that the Govt of Assam has not taken any steps to collect any information from Tripura Govt.
Our Response :The report published in Doinik Jugasankha in its issue dated 23rd August, 2016 alleging that Govt of Assam has not sought any assistance and information from Government of Tripura for the Bengalis submitting documents issued by authorities under Govt of Tripura for inclusion of their names in NRC as part of a conspiracy to deprive them from inclusion in NRC, Assam is totally false, concocted and misleading. The fact remains that in compliance of Clause 3(1) of Schedule of ”The Citizenship(Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003”, 25008 documents of various categories in six batches have so far been sent for verification of their authenticity to Chief Secretary, Tripura since 9th January, 2016. The Govt of Tripura has already sent verification results against 1049 documents to the State Coordinator of NRC. With every subsequent batch of documents sent beginning with the first batch dated 09-01-16, the Chief Secretary, Tripura has continuously been requested to communicate the verification results to the State Coordinator of NRC at the earliest possible, preferably within 20 days of receipt of the documents as NRC updation is a time bound project being conducted under monitoring of the Supreme Court of India. In addition to the request made by the State Coordinator, RGI wrote D.O letter to all State Governments & UT administrations including Tripura to extend their cooperation and assistance in verifying the authenticity of the respective documents preferably within 20 days from the date of receipt of documents vide D.O.No.9/56/2014-CRD (NPR) dated 22nd January, 2016. RGI also sent directives to the Directorate of Census Operations of all State/UTs to liaise and coordinate with their respective State authorities vide No.9/56/2014-CRD (NPR) dated 15-02-16 in response to which, Deputy Director, Census Operation, Tripura is understood to have coordinating the document verification issue with Govt of Tripura. The State Coordinator, NRC, Assam reminded the Chief Secretary, Tripura about the very poor percentage of verification results received against documents sent to Tripura State which is likely to cause serious impediment in completing the process of updating of NRC within Supreme Court stipulated timelines vide No. SPMU/NRC/SVC-INTER STATE/254/2016/155-173 dated 4th June, 2016. The Chief Secretary, Assam also wrote D.O letter to the Chief secretary, Tripura with request for early return of verification results against the documents sent to Tripura State vide D.O letter No.SPMU/NRC/SVC-ISV/291/2016/9 dated 16th June,2016. Over and above, RGI has issued another D.O letter in continuation of their D.O letter dated 22nd January, 2016 to Chief Secretaries of all State/UT administrations including State of Tripura reiterating the need to expedite the results of verification of documents to the SCNR vide D.O letter No. 9/56/2014-CRD (NPR) dated 10th August, 2016. In view of what have been stated above, the alleged report published in Jugasankha in its issue dated 23rd August, 2016 is but a travesty of truth and members of the public are requested not to get misled by such concocted and false media report.
Gana Adhikar Reports:Gana Adhikar in its 5th January, 2016 issue published a news item by one Ashraful Hussain, Pune, captioned “এন আৰ চি উন্নীতকৰণত চৰম হঠকাৰিতা” wherein the name of an applicant viz. Haidar Ali Khan s/o Rahman Khan of village Baisha under Sarthebari Revenue Circle in Barpeta district is alleged to have been recorded in a tampered name in the Verification Team’s Report format. The incident alleged to be a handiwork of some vested group has reportedly hurt the sentiment of Haidar Ali Khan.
Our Response : The incident had already come to the notice of the NRC authority before it was published in “Gana Adhikar”. The works of digitization of Application Form is being done by outsourcing through WIPRO Ltd while generation of Verification Team’s Report (VTR) is being done by outsourcing through M/S Bohniman Systems Pvt Ltd, Guwahati. This matter was instantly enquired into and a report taken from Wipro Ltd which revealed that a data entry operator who is already identified seems to have done some mischief in changing the name of the applicant during data entry revealing in the Verification Team’s Report (VTR) so generated. Immediately, an FIR was filed by the NRC authority and accordingly a criminal case bearing Chandmari PS Case No.03/2016 u/s 120(B)/408/420/504 IPC has been registered. The police have already arrested the culprit. This is an isolated incident which happened due to a perverse act on the part of an individual contractual data entry operator.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS DATED 07-05-2016 & 09-05-2016
Gana Adhikar Reports:Gana Adhikar in its 5th January, 2016 issue published a news item by one Ashraful Hussain, Pune, captioned “এন আৰ চি উন্নীতকৰণত চৰম হঠকাৰিতা” wherein the name of an applicant viz. Haidar Ali Khan s/o Rahman Khan of village Baisha under Sarthebari Revenue Circle in Barpeta district is alleged to have been recorded in a tampered name in the Verification Team’s Report format. The incident alleged to be a handiwork of some vested group has reportedly hurt the sentiment of Haidar Ali Khan.
Our Response : The incident had already come to the notice of the NRC authority before it was published in “Gana Adhikar”. The works of digitization of Application Form is being done by outsourcing through WIPRO Ltd while generation of Verification Team’s Report (VTR) is being done by outsourcing through M/S Bohniman Systems Pvt Ltd, Guwahati. This matter was instantly enquired into and a report taken from Wipro Ltd which revealed that a data entry operator who is already identified seems to have done some mischief in changing the name of the applicant during data entry revealing in the Verification Team’s Report (VTR) so generated. Immediately, an FIR was filed by the NRC authority and accordingly a criminal case bearing Chandmari PS Case No.03/2016 u/s 120(B)/408/420/504 IPC has been registered. The police have already arrested the culprit. This is an isolated incident which happened due to a perverse act on the part of an individual contractual data entry operator.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 08-12-2015 & 14-12-2015
The Assam Tribune Reports: The ASSAM TRIBUNE in its 8th December December, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “Mass signature campaign against anomalies in NRC update process” wherein it is reported that the people of Sipajhar under Darrang District having made a mass signature campaign for a correct NRC process under the direct supervision of Union Govt, investigation into anomalies of procurement of fabricated identity proofs/involvement of State Govt officials in tampering of original NRC documents and alleging erroneous process of granting citizenship to all the children of illegal migrants born in India up to December, 3, 2014 etc submitted a “6 point Charter” demanding amendment of Section 3 of the Citizenship Act, 1955, implementation of Clause 5.8 of the Assam Accord by detecting and deporting of foreigners, reservation/transfer of lands for Indian citizens alone, eviction of Bangladeshi encroachers from all lands in Darrang including the 77420 bighas under Sipajhar Revenue Circle to the President of India, Prime Minister of India and the Home Minister of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Darrang.
Our Response : Updating of NRC, 1951 in Assam is being undertaken as per provisions of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 as amended thereof in 2009 and 2010. The entire implementation is being monitored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. RGI has already caused an enquiry into the alleged tempering issue of original NRC in Kamrup Metropolitan district. Safety and security of Legacy Data is being ensured by the Deputy Commissioners. Children of illegal migrants born in India shall not be included in the updated NRC as alleged in the instant media report. Children only of those who are/were resident in Assam (and also other parts of India as per order dated 21stJuly, 2015 of the Hon’ble Supreme Court) on or upto cutoff date of 24th March (midnight), 1971 will be included subject to production of admissible documentary proof (documents prescribed as List A in NRC Application Form) and establishment of valid linkage with all such eligible persons.
Asomiya Khabar Reports : Asomiyakhabar in its 14th December, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “দৰঙতএনআৰচি’ৰবংশবৃক্ষপ্ৰপত্ৰকলৈবিভ্ৰান্তি, শংকিতৰাইজ” wherein confusion is alleged to have been caused in the minds of a section of the people as to the number of generations for which they are required to provide Manual family tree information against. The report further alleged insistence on physical presence of all the members by a section of VTs before them during their field visits which has caused resentment amongst the people.
Our Response : Detailed instructions about collection of information on Manual Family Tree (MFT) details have already been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners and field functionaries. Public have also been notified through mass media campaign in all the local dailies (with illustrations) as to how they need to provide their family tree details to the VTs while they undertake field visits house to house. Specific instructions requiring the members of the public to provide MFT details up to only two generations have been communicated to the public and the field officials. Instructions have also been issued to the VTs not to insist on physical appearance of all the members of a family if he/she is satisfied about the genuineness of their identity etc while undertaking field verification.There should not be any confusion on this issue as alleged. The Deputy Commissioner, Darrang, is however, asked to cause an enquiry into the matter and to furnish a detailed factual report to the undersigned within 4 days.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 20-11-2015 & 21-11-2015
Our Response :There is no iota of truth in the news report as updating of NRC 1951 in Assam is being undertaken by the RGI and as per modalities already agreed between the Central Government and the State Government. The entire process of its implementation is also being monitored by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. But for providing the state machinery for facilitating the implementation of the NRC update process, there is no room for any direct intervention to be made by the State Government in the said modalities. Updating of NRC, 1951 in the state is a herculean task which has been taken up for the first time ever in the entire country. The implementing authority is committed towards making an error free NRC. The NRC authority has to examine eligibility of persons in a whopping 68 lakhs NRC application forms and verify the authenticity and acceptability of an estimated 4.8 crores of documents received with the application forms across the state. Verification of documents would require validation by way of comparing with the originals available with the issuing authorities. We also duty bound to ascertain the correctness of all the linkage claims made by the applicants through various linkage documents together with their individual identities to be accomplished by undertaking Field Verification exercise. There was no laxity or inaction for two and half months after receipt of application forms as alleged in the news report. Physical or manual transfer of the huge quantum of documents to different issuing authorities spreading across the state for validation/verification is not possible within the fixed timeline. There is no option other than resorting to electronic transfer of these 4.8 crore documents using the latest Information & Technological tools to complete the entire verification work within a very short span of time so that the court stipulated timeline for final publication of NRC could be met. Any software developed for the purpose also needs time to get settled before it is launched for operation. The implementing machinery too needs to be trained up, equipped with the statutory and procedural details and made well prepared before undertaking an extremely important exercise such as verification process. The NRC authority needed some time after application receipt phase to prepare the implementing machinery which is now completely geared up with activities connected with verification phase at state, district, circle and NSK levels.
Collection of manual family tree details by the VTs during field verification is also aimed at saving the citizens’ family legacy codes from being misused by impostors without the knowledge of the genuine legacy inheritors or for premium charged against. At the same time, the family tree data provided by the applicants will help the NRC authority to detect false linkage claims made by some unscrupulous elements to secure a place in the updated NRC. Though not mandatory, by providing manual family tree details by filling up the MFT form, people not only would serve their own cause but also will save precious time of the VTs who shall have to complete the entire verification exercise within Supreme Court ordained schedule. Manual Family Tree Form should not be equated with the NRC application form. The applicants were duty bound to apply for inclusion of their names in updated NRC. The NRC authority is duty bound to comply with the order of the Apex Court to make an error free NRC by carrying out verification of claims diligently and in due process of law. VTs are empowered to make queries, collect information, take evidence to ascertain authenticity of linkage claims as per the mandate of Rule 8 of Citizenship Rules, 2003. Collection of information through MFT form is simply a part of the field verification mechanism being adopted in the larger interest of making an absolutely error free NRC for the state.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 05-11-2015
Doinik Janambhumi Reports : Doinik Janambhumi in its 5th November, 2015 issue published a news item on the suicidal death of one Jamir Khan of Tikak China Basti under Ledo Police Station in Tinsukia district which allegedly linked the incident to failure of the deceased to include his name in the updated NRC. The report further alleged that the said suicidal death occurred after receipt of some letter to the deceased suspecting his citizenship to be doubtful (‘D’ Voter) from the district administration.
Our Response : There is no iota of truth in the news report as the question of exclusion of the name of the deceased from updated NRC does not arise at this stage as publication of NRC shall take place only on 1st March, 2016 after completion of the ongoing process of verification of documents submitted by the NRC applicants. The draft NRC is scheduled to be published on 1st of January, 2016. Those applicants whose names will not figure in the draft NRC, would be able to file their claims for inclusion during Claims and Objection phase The NRC authority has no connection with adjudication proceedings with regard to “D” Voter issue. As such, the news attributing failure to include name in updated NRC as the cause of suicidal death of Jamir Khan is totally baseless. However, DC, Tinsukia has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry into the matter and to furnish a detailed factual report to the undersigned within 4 days.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 31-10-2015
Asomiya Khabar/Doinik Agradoot Reports :Asomiya Khabar/Doinik Agradoot in their 26th October, 2015 issuespublished news items captioned “নাগৰিকপঞ্জীতবংশবৃক্ষপ্ৰপত্ৰপূৰণৰসিদ্ধান্তৰবিৰোধিতা”/ “এনআৰচিনডেলবিষয়াৰসিদ্ধান্তৰপ্ৰতিবাদ” wherein one Smt. Chandralekha Das, President of Assam State Unit of SUCI is quoted by staff reporter of the dailies to have criticized the use of family tree details during verification process of updating of NRC being apprehensive of causing harassment and mass exclusion of names of genuine Indian citizens on account of the process. The report further alleged that the decision to use family tree details during verification process of NRC is undemocratic taken unilaterally by the NRC authority without consulting political parties.
Our Response : The primary aim of the verification process is to establish eligibility of the applicants for inclusion in the updated NRC. Only those persons would be eligible for inclusion in the updated NRC whose names appear in any of the admissible documents proving residence in Assam or in any other part of the country on or before the cut-off date of 24th March (midnight), 1971, or their descendants. For those persons whose names do not appear in any of such prescribed documents, the only option of establishing eligibility is through proving descent with an ancestor whose name appears in such admissible document. As a lot of time has elapsed since the cut-off date, a large number of NRC applicants are such whose own names dont appear in the admissible documents but they are descendants of persons whose names appear in such admissible documents issued before the cut-off date, and as such claiming inclusion in NRC by proving such linkage/ descent. As such, the primary responsibility of the verification officialsshall be to verify the genuineness of the linkage claimed and for this purpose the verification officials will exercise their quasi-judicial powers to identify false claims by ascertaining genuineness of the claimed relationships.
Mere verification of documents cannot replace this extremely important process of verification of genuineness of linkage claimed. As such, it is imperative on part of the verification officials to ascertain authenticity of documents, linkage claims and personal identities of the applicantsbygathering as much information as essential by way of questioning, recording or taking oral evidence or any written statementof witnessesto determine the genuineness of the linkage claimed.
It is quite possible that unscrupulous persons would try to get their names included in updated NRC by making false claims of such linkages. The only mechanism of detecting such false linkages would be through cross-check of all linkage claims from the same ancestor. As such, it will be absolutely essential to cross check the family tree details of the legacy person (legacy person refers to the person whose name appears in any of the admissible documents), such as the name of his/her spouse, children, grandchildren etc to ensure that unscrupulous persons/foreigners are unable to enter their names in the updated NRC through false claims.The verification officials will therefore insist upon receiving information about the family particulars from applicants i.e. details of all children of the person with whom linkage has been claimed (grandchildren also in case the legacy person claimed is a grandparent).
As collection of such details would be essential, members of the public in their own interest to establish eligibilityare expected to extend cooperation to the verification officials by providing suchinformation.While collection of family tree details is the responsibility of the Verification Officials, during field visits, the public has been advised to be ready with their family tree details so that those can be captured readily during field visit by the verifying officials. The following may be noted carefully with regards to providing of the family tree details:
- The Formatfor recording the family tree has also been made available at the NSKs, on the website of NRC Assam and can also be obtained from the FLO/BLO of the area.
- It is not mandatory for applicants to fill up the Manual Family Tree Form. Wherever such formats are not filled up by the public, the verification officials will collect the required information and record the same themselves during the house to house visit. Since Verifying Officials would record the particulars in the said format during house to house visit, it would be in the interest of both officials and public to keep the details ready beforehand to ensure quick verification and correct recording of information. As such, though not mandatory, it will be beneficial to obtain and fill up the family details in the Format beforehand to ensure not only quicker verification to get ones claims substantiated, but also to prevent any unscrupulous element misusing the family’s legacy data to find an entry into NRC.
- It may not be feasible for all families to get accurate name and address of all members of the family, especially that of the second generation. In that case the applicant family may give detail of only those members of the family who are known to them. While the verification team would mandatorily capture the names of the first generation of the family, in cases of the family members of the second generation whose names or locationsare not known, the same can be left blank. It may so happen that a family knows that so and so uncle has 4 sons but the names are not known, in such case the applicant family shall only mention that information and leave the space of writing names/addresses blank.
- Though it is punishable under Section 17 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 to furnish false information to the Verification Officials, the public need not worry about facing penalty if they are unable to fill up the Manual Family Tree. The Verification Officials shall record the details on their own during their visits.
It is not understood as to how this system of verification of family particulars can deprive any genuine citizen from getting his/her name included in the updated NRC.As such, the allegation against its use being undemocratic or unilateral does not hold good. Modalities also require that the verification process is carried out scrupulously. Collection of family tree details therefore doesn't cause any conflict with the Modalities either. It may also be added that the fact that family tree details will be used as an effective tool for eliminating fake and fraudulent claimsfor inclusion of names in updated NRC by illegal migrants has long been disseminated to members of the public through advertisements published in all the local dailies. Subsequent to publication of such advertisements, several rounds of meetings, discussions etc have also been held with various stake-holders also. As such, it is absolutely untrue that the said decision is undemocratic or unilateral. As a part of the duty to produce an error-free NRC, whereas it is essential to ensure that no genuine Indian citizens are excluded,it is also imperative that no illegal migrants or any ineligible person is allowed to beincluded in the updated NRC. Nobody can doubt that this objective of an error-free NRC can only be achieved through a robust verification exercise.In fact, opposition to any such robust verification process can only be construed as a veiled attempt to smuggle in names of ineligible persons in the updated NRC.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 29-10-2015
Assam Tribune Reports :The Assam Tribune in its 29th October, 2015 issue published a news item on the death of one Nur Alam, a Data entry Operator due to cardiac arrest in Howrapar GP Office NSK of Dhubri district under the caption “NRC Seva Kendra employee dies on duty”. According to the report, the employees alleged that they are forced to do overwork.
Our Response :Md Nur Alam was a data entry operator engaged by WIPRO for data entry work at NRC Seva Kendra in Dhubri district of Assam. As per report received from Deputy Commissioner,Dhubri and WIPRO, late Alam succumbed to cardiac arrest. The news paper report also mentioned cardiac arrest as the cause of his death though, ‘employees’ alleged to have complained of being forced to do overwork without having any break. WIPRO authorities have already paid a sum of Rupees one lakh as compensation to the family of the deceased and Insurance proceeds, as per norms, are also being paid to the family of the deceased. The family members of the deceased has accepted Late Nur Alam’s death as a normal one and made no complaints whatsoever. The allegation of “overwork” as such is baseless.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 16-10-2015
Asomiya Khabar Reports : AsomiyaKhabar in its 16th October, 2015 issuepublished a news item captioned “মৰিগাঁৱতএনআৰচি’কলৈব্যাপকদূৰ্নীতি, চলিছেদালালৰাজ” which allegedindulgence in corrupt practices in utilization of NRC fund on account of POL and vehicle hiring expenses by Morigaon district administration at the behest of SaiburRahman, Election Officer, Morigaon. The report further alleged that the Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon too is indulging in corrupt practices by remaining a silent spectator.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry into the allegation and to submit a factual report to the SCNR, NRC on or before 19-10-2015. Required action will be taken on receipt of enquiry report from DC, Morigaon.
Amar Asom Reports :Amar Asom in its 16th October, 2015 issue published an article written by ShriKeshabGogoi in ‘Vinnamat’ column under the caption “ৰাষ্ট্ৰীয়নাগৰিকপঞ্জীবিশুদ্ধহ’বনে ? অসমীয়াজাতিনি:শেষকৰাৰএইখনেইহ’বপ্ৰধানমন্ত্ৰীমোডীৰআইনীনথি…” wherein amongst others, it is also alleged thatmost of the suspected foreigners from Pakistan and Bangladesh have already enrolled their names in NRC,1951 secretly during the period from 1951 to 25th March, 1971 with the help of certain political parties, politicians and organizations like Jamiyat-E-Ulema-E-Hind who had copies of NRC in their custody.It is further alleged in the said report that inclusion of names of both Hindu and Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh in NRC and Electoral Rolls from the year 1971 has been completed at the behest of leaders of certain minority political organization which would invariably result in inclusion of names of Bangladeshis in the updated NRC that might account for about 38% of the total names in NRC.
Our Response :The NRC, 1951, Assam will be updated as per the provisions of The Citizenship Act, 1955 and The Citizenship(Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 as amended.As per the two statutes, the citizenship status would be ascertained based on the NRC,1951, Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24th March, 1971 and in their absence, twelveother admissible documents of pre-24th March,1971 period. Even if some names are fraudulently included by unscrupulous elements in the copies of NRC,1951 or any Electoral Rolls up to 24th March (midnight),1971 available with the public or in the custody of Jamiat or Congress,production of such forged documents shall not ensure inclusion of one’s name in NRC.Because, for inclusion of names in NRC, authenticity of every document shall be ensured by comparing them with the originals available with the issuing authorities. All original copies of NRC,1951and pre-1971 ERs available with NRC authority have already been published through DLDD. Hence, the author’s apprehension that updated NRC, Assam will contain names of foreigners to the extent of 38% of the total names does not hold good. Further, any document submitted shall be cross checked by verifying with the originals available with the issuing authorities. As such, accuracy of NRC will not be affected by the facts that some people have submitted their claims by adducing fraudulent document. NRC authorities will ensure that no names of genuine residents are excluded from updated NRC and that no names of illegal migrants are included in it.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 03-10-2015
Janasadharan Reports : The Janasadharan in its 3rd October, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “জন্মৰ প্ৰমাণ পত্ৰৰ বেহা- ধনশিৰিত নীৰৱ দৰ্শক প্ৰশাসন” which alleged prevalence of flourishing fake birth certificate rackets in Merapani, Uriamghat, Bhitar Chungajan, Naujan, Sorupathar and Barpathar etc areas under Golaghat district. The report further alleged that four to five birth certificates issued against a single serial number are found to have been manufactured fraudulently, which were enclosed with the NRC application forms by people of suspected citizenship to claim eligibility/linkage for inclusion in NRC.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of all the districts have already been asked to take immediate action for closing down such fake birth certificate rackets if found to be operating in their respective districts and also to apprehend all the culprits in due process of law by the State Coordinator, NRC, Assam. Simultaneously, they have also been urged to sensitize members of the public through rigorous awareness campaign in their districts about the futility of producing fake birth certificates for getting names included in updated NRC as any documents will be nullified if found to be fake during verification. They are further advised to convey the message to all concerned that involvement in such illegal activities is punishable under section 420 IPC and also under the provisions of section 17 of “The Citizenship Act, 1955” with imprisonment for five years or with fine for Rupees fifty thousand or with both. The State Government, too, has issued detailed instructions to DCs of all the districts across the state to take stringent action against fake birth certificate racketeers operating within their respective districts. The Deputy Commissioner & District Registrar of Citizen Registration, Golaghat has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry into the alleged report on circulation of fake birth certificates in his district and to ensure scrutiny of authenticity of all such birth certificates immaculately at the time of verification of documents enclosed with NRC application forms in his district. DC, Golaghat has also been called upon to furnish ‘Action Taken Report’ on corrective action as directed.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 25-08-2015
Asomiya Pratidin Reports : (1) “Asomiya Pratidin” in its 25th August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “বৰছলাৰনতুনপাণবাৰীসেৱাকেন্দ্ৰৰকৰ্ম্মচাৰীৰতৎপৰতাৰনমুনা-বৰিগাৱঁৰপথতউদ্ধাৰজমাদিয়াএনআৰচিপ্ৰপত্ৰ” alleging administrative laxity and negligence in performance of NRC duties on the part of district functionaries of Udalguri district which got reflected in recovery of 45 NRC application forms submitted by the public in Natun Panbari VCDC NSK of the district on Borigaon Dighalipar Road. The incident, as per the report, has caused widespread anguish and discontent amongst various section of the people.
Our Response : Soon after noticing the news item, The Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri district was contacted over telephone and asked to furnish a factual report on the alleged recovery of NRC application forms submitted in Natun Panbari VCDC NSK on public roads. Telephonic information on the incident was also obtained from the Circle Officer (CRCR) i/c Majbat Revenue Circle earlier today. The enquiry report of Deputy Commissioner, Udalguri has already been received which reveals that 45 NRC application forms kept at the custody of two computer operators engaged at the NSK by WIPRO for uploading of data were found on the side of a road at village Natun Panbari under Natun Panbari NSK. All the 45 NRC applications have now been brought to the NSK. An FIR has also reportedly been lodged in the Orang police station and investigation into the matter is now on. Meanwhile, Execution Director,
WIPRO has also been called up and asked to enquire into the circumstances leading to recovery of 45 NRC application forms in public road which were formally received by his operators for uploading after pagination. Both DC, Udalguri and ED, WIPRO have been directed to take immediate corrective actions with intimation to the State Coordinator.
Asomiya Pratidinin Reports : Asomiya Pratidinin its 24th August, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “এনআৰচিৰডাটাএন্ট্ৰিৰকৰ্ম্মচাৰীকবঞ্চনাৰঅভিযোগ- মহানগৰীৰআইএছএছকোম্পানীৰবিৰূদ্ধেউত্তালপ্ৰতিবাদ” which alleged that ISS, a company engaging Data Entry Operators to digitize NRC application data at various centres in the city has been cheating them by paying lesser amount of remuneration than what has been notified through a government advertisement. The employer company representatives alleged to have misbehaved with the operators for which they complained to the local police station for taking action against the company.
Our Response : The issue relating to contractual engagement of computer operators including the terms and conditions of their service is purely a bilateral one in between the company and the operators. NRC authority is outsourcing the required services through the service provider and has not issued any government advertisement for jobs indicating remuneration of Rs. 10000/-pm as alleged. However, updating of an error free NRC in the state is a time bound priority work and works cannot be allowed to be stalled at any cost in the larger interest of the state. The Hon’ble Supreme Court’s timeline will have to be honoured by all and sundry. Any attempt from any quarter to derail the proceedings will be viewed by the Hon’ble court as an act in violation of Article 144 of the Constitution of India. The concerned parties have been advised to resolve the issues, if any, by taking mutually conducive corrective actions forthwith.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 19-08-2015
Doinik Agradoot Reports : “Doinik Agradoot” in its 19th August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “যোৰহাটত নাগৰিক পঞ্জীৰ প্ৰপত্ৰ গ্ৰহণত প্ৰশাসনৰ শিথিলতা….” alleging administrative laxity and apprehension about inclusion of names of suspected persons.
Our Response : TheDeputy Commissioners of all the districts across the state have geared up their machineries to complete the process of receipt of application forms from the residents living in their respective districts within the closure date on 31-08-2015. Inclusion of names of the applicants in NRC will be finalized only after satisfactory results of verification of documents to be adduced and proving personal identification before the verification teams. In the instant case, DC, Jorhat has been asked to enquire into the report alleging laxity of Jorhat district administration giving rise to the possibility of inclusion of names of non-Indians in the District NRC, Jorhat matter and to take corrective action.
Janasadharan Rrports : Janasadharan in its 19th August, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “ডবকাত এন আৰ চি সেৱা কেন্দ্ৰত গাফিলতি-প্ৰাপ্তিৰ ৰচিদ প্ৰদানত বিলম্ব” which alleged prevalance of anomalies in NSKs under Dabaka Revenue Circle in Hojai sub-division of Nagaon district.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner, Nagaon and the Execution Director, WIPRO have been asked to look into the alleged reportabout prevalence of anomalies in the concerned NSKs and to take corrective actions immediately.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 17-08-2015
Doinik Agradoot Reports : “Doinik Agradoot” in its 17th August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “সমস্যাৰেজৰ্জ্জৰিতনদুৱাৰৰএনআৰচিসেৱাকেন্দ্ৰ- আজিকৰ্মবিৰতিঘোষনাকম্পিউটাৰঅপাৰেট’ৰৰ”- which alleged that the NSK Operators under Naduar Revenue Circle have planned to go on ‘cease work’strike being confronted with severe operational problems including failure to get the promised hike in their remuneration.
Our Response : (1) :- Deputy Commissioner/Addl Deputy Commissioner i/c NRC, Sonitpur district and the Execution Director, WIPRO were called up to give current status report on functioning of all the 19 NSKs under Naduar Revenue Circle promptly. Accordingly, reports received from ADC i/c, NRC, Sonitpur district and Execution Director, WIPRO reveal that all the 19 NSKs under Naduar Revenue Circle in Sonitpur district are functioning normally and there are no issues relating to inadequate supply of POL or non-payment of remuneration to operators at agreed rates etc affecting the progress of NRC works adversely in the district as alleged in the media report. The Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur, however, has been asked to furnish a formal report on the matter and to take all necessary corrective action as required to accomplish the work in his district timely.
Amar Asom Reports : Amar Asom in its 17th August, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “মেৰাপানীতপঞ্চায়তসচিবৰঅনুপস্থিতিৰবাবেএনআৰচিপ্ৰপত্ৰইদাখিলকৰিবপৰানাইঅধিকাংশই- ব্যৱস্থাগ্ৰহণৰদাবীতজিলাউপায়ুক্তকঅভিযোগএবছুৰ” alleging that irregularity in attending office by the G.P Secretary of Simanta Gaon Panchayat under Gamariguri Development Block in Golaghat district has caused immense inconvenience to the members of the public under the GP area in collecting NRC related documents/certificates. The report further alleged that people are made to suffer as some officers have been entrusted with the responsibility for more than one offices. DC/CEO are of no avail, the report stated.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioners as District Registrars of Citizen Registration for their respective districts have been managing the affairs of updating of NRC process including manpower resources at their disposals effectively. In the instant case, Deputy Commissioner, Golaghat has been asked to look into the matter and to take immediate corrective action to ameliorate the inconvenience faced by the public of Merapani area.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 12-08-2015
Janasadharan Reports : “Janasadharan” in its 12th August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “নগাঁৱৰ গ্ৰাম্যাঞ্চলত এন আৰ চি’ৰ প্ৰ-পত্ৰ পূৰণৰ নামত ধন সংগ্ৰহ দুষ্ট চক্ৰৰ”- which alleged that poor and illiterate villagersunder Hatichung, Kachamari and SilpukhuriMouzas of western parts in Nagaon district are looted by a section of touts and opportunist elementsin the name of filling in their NRC application forms. The report further alleged that the unscrupulous elements are running their money making businessby charging Rs. 150/- to Rs 300/- per form sitting openly in front of GP Offices which is resented by the conscious people of Nagaon.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioners including DC of Nagaon district are learnt to have organized community level meetings at Gaon Panchayat/Ward levels to sensitize and build capacity of people of their respective districts in matters relating to filling in NRC forms.Required IEC materials including practice sheets, illustrations and CDs on form fill up techniques were supplied to them for distribution and imparting trainings to people. All the DCs were also urged to build up voluntary groups comprising of school/collegeteachers, students, socio-cultural organizations, NGOs, Tea Garden welfare officers/ line Chowkidars etc to assist people to fill in their application forms. Massive media campaign on how to fill in forms is also continuuing for the benefit of the people. All conscious people are also expected to lend their support and help to their fellow residents who find it difficult to fill in their forms by themselves. In the instant case, Deputy Commissioner, Nagaon has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry in to the alleged looting of villagers of western Mouzas in Nagaon district and to take corrective action.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 07-08-2015
Doinik Agradoot Reports : Doinik Agradoot in its 7th August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “ৰাষ্ট্ৰীয় নাগৰিক পঞ্জী উন্নীতকৰণৰ লেহেমীয়া গতিত আহূকাল-দৈনিক বিকল হয় কম্পিউটাৰ : কৰ্ত্তৃপক্ষ নিৰৱ” which alleged that only 410 NRC application forms have been received during the entire month of July, 2015 at Gorubat Madhabpara GP NSK under Kampur Revenue Circle in Nagaon district. Quoting computer operators Khairul Islam and Rofiqul Islam of the NSK,the report also alleged that the computer sets in the NSK get malfunctioned on a regular basis hampering the progress of receipt of application forms. It further alleged that the GP Secretary of Madhabpara GP does not attend office causing harassment to the people in need of different NRC related certificates/documents. The NSK also reportedly lack basic minimum facilities for public.
Our Response : As informed by System Integrator (WIPRO)’s Execution Director,total number of applications received during July, 2015 stands at 420 whereas the total number for households against the said NSK is 3150 (as per 2011 Census reports). As on 11th August, the total number of Application Forms received at the reported NSK is 1376. Computer sets are also reportedly working smoothly. The Printer cum Scanner deployed in the NSKs need intermittent restfor 10-15 minutes as it is likely to get heated on continued use. However, Deputy Commissioner, Nagaon has been asked to look into the issues relating to dereliction of duty on the part of Madhabpara GP Secretary and lack of adequate facilities for public in the NSK and to ensure taking corrective action.
Amar Asom Reports : Amar Asom in its 7th August, 2015 issue published a news item captioned “ সম্পৰ্কমূলক চাৰ্টিফিকেতৰ নামত উৎকোচ সংগ্ৰহৰ অভিযোগ-উদমাৰী এন আৰ চি কেন্দ্ৰ ঘেৰাও প্ৰতিবাদী ৰাইজৰ” as per which the people of Udmari GP area under Bilasipara Development Blockgharaoed the Udmari NSK protesting against the corrupt practices indulged in by Ali Hussain, the GP Secretary of Udmari GP under Bilasipara sub division in Dhuburi district.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner, Dhubri has been asked to enquire into the alleged corrupt practices affecting NRC updating works indulged in by Ali Hussain, GP Secretary of Udmari and to take immediate corrective action.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 05-08-2015
Niyomiya Bartta : The Niyomiya Bartta in its 5th August issues published a column captioned “ডেৰগাঁওএনআৰচিসেৱাকেন্দ্ৰতএখন্তেক -অভিজ্ঞতা” by ShriAmrit Kumar Thakur in which a number of issues concerning the functioning of Dergaon NSK that include non issuance of receipt to applicants against application forms, want of summary abstract, seals and irregular attendance of NSK officials etc. have been raised.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner, Golaghat has been asked to look into all the alleged anomalies that have been pointed out by Mr. Thakur in his write up and to ensure taking corrective action to address the issues immediately.
Doinik Janambhumi Reports : Doinik Janambhumi in its 5th August,2015 issue published a news item captioned “চমকঙৰএনআৰচিসেৱাকেন্দ্ৰতচুৰিকাণ্ড” in which it is said that one Laptop Computer, two Monitors, one Printerand one Generator set have been stolen by thief from Chamkang NSK in SimenChapori under Dhemeji district causing disruption of works at the NSK.
Our Response : In a few of instances of theft encountered immediate replacement of the items stolen has been made possible. Similar was the case at Chamkang NSK where immediately replacement for all stolen items was provided so that normal works at the NSK could be restored without any delay.It is worth mentioning that night chowkidas are engaged in the NSKs across Assam. In this stated NSK of Dhemaji also a chowkidar has been engaged, which, however, was absent from his duty on the given day for which the heft could occur. The Deputy Commissioner is further instructed to take corrective action with regard to safety and security of the properties at the NSKs under his district to avoid avoidable disruption of time bound functions in the NSKs.
The Telegraph Reports : The Telegraph in its 5th August issue published a news item under the caption “NRC chill in Leprosy Colony” which alleged that non availability of documents has compelled the families of Leprosy Colony bordering Nagaland in Jorhat district to be chill in their approach towards inclusion of their names in NRC. The area has been reported to be a very backward and remote one which needs special attention.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner, Jorhat has been asked to look into the matter and to take action for facilitating the families in filling in their NRC application forms.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 03-08-2015
Doinik Janambhumi/Amar Asom/Niyomiya Bartta/Agradoot/ Asomiya Pratidin/ Asomiya Khabar Reports: The Doinik Janambhumi/Amar Asom/Niyomiya Bartta/Agradoot/ Asomiya Pratidin/ Asomiya Khabar in their 3rd August issues published a news item captioned “এনআৰচিকেন্দ্ৰতচুৰি” which reveals that the computers of Bonda NSK in Kamrup Metropolitan district have been stolen by thieves and other papers in the NSK were also ransacked.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metropolitan district has been asked to enquire into the matter and take corrective action . The Circle Officer, Chandrapur and local CRCR informed that an FIR is already lodged with the local police station and the matter is being investigated into. Meanwhile, the SI (WIPRO) has been directed to install computer sets in the NSK so that receipt of application forms from the public are not disrupted. The people are assured that their applications/documents remain intact with the NRC authority and they need not worry on this account.
Janasadharan Reports : The Janasadharan in its 3rd August,2015 issue published a news item captioned “বিশ্বনাথতএনআৰচি’ৰবাবেজন্মাৰপ্ৰমাণপত্ৰজালিয়াতি – সেৱাকেন্দ্ৰৰআবেদনপৰীক্ষণৰবাবেবিশেষগোট” in which it reveals that consequent upon detection of fake birth certificate racket in the Biswanath Civil Sub-Division, the Sub-Divisional administration has taken a decision to scrutinize the authenticity of all the birth certificates enclosed with the NRC application forms and also to constitute a special task force with the Circle Officer/CRCR, Addl SP (Law & Order), Sub-Divisional Health Officer, Health officer of PHC,Sub_Divisional Fishery Officer and ShriT.Hazarika, LRCR as the member Secretary to unearth any such fake certificate issuing racket in the sub-division.
Our Response : The initiative of the Biswanath Civil Sub_Division administration is laudable and such initiatives could also be replicated in other districts/Sub-Divisions to prevent the menace of fake certificates issuing rackets in the state. The Government has already issued instructions to the districts to take appropriate action on this account.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 02-08-2015
Asomiya Pratidinin Reports : The Asomiya Pratidinin its 2nd August, 2015 issue published a report to the effect that a student named Madan Das s/o Bhanu Das and Sabitri Das of DhipujiJanpam under Mayong GP Of Chandrapur area in Kamrup Metropolitan district who went to his maternal uncle’s house at Dalimbari village under Raha Police Station in Nagaon district in search of legacy data of his mother is missing for the last few days. The family members are reported to be in distress.
Our Response : It seems the report is unconfirmed to the extent of the purported cause of the incident of missing as linked with searching for legacy data. While sharing the distress of the family, it is reiterated that no one is required to undertake any journey to and fro his/her residence to search for legacy data as one can access legacy data for the entire state, as available, inany nearest NSK from home. Wide publicity has already been given to this effect and media too is expected to highlight this aspect for the benefit of the public.
The Telegraph Reports :(1) The Telegraph in its 2nd August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “No receipt for forms, allege Dhuburi villagers. NRC norms flouted by Seva Kendra Staff” wherein it is alleged that no receipt is given to applicants against submitted forms with documents and people are apprehensive of loss of their application/documents. The report also indicates unhappiness of some applicants for having to stand in queue for long 7 hours before submission of forms and fornon-availability of sitting arrangements/drinking water in the NSK designated for Sapatgram Town Committee area.
(2) In another news item in its 2nd August ’15 issue, The Telegraph reported about arrest of one Zumor Ali (27) from Ghoramara area under Balajan PHC in Kokrajhar district for alleged issuance of fake birth certificates for NRC purpose. The Kokrajhar Police has reportedly registered a case vide Kokrajhar PS case NO. 638/15 u/s 471/467/468 IPC based on FIR lodged by Dr. NiluKr.Brahma, Health Officer of Balagaon Block Health Centre, Kokrajhar and apprehended Zumor Ali from his residence with some fake birth certificates. The Sentinel and AsomiyaKhabar also have published the same news item in their 2nd August’15 issues.
Our Response : (1)The Deputy Commissioners have already been issued detailed instructions on the procedure to be followed for receipt of application forms. All the field level officers and functionaries were also imparted training for this. As indicated in the report, SCNR has already took up the matter with the DC, Dhuburi and issued direction to ensure corrective actions as per set procedure. The DC, Dhuburi is also urged to provide basic facilities in all the NSKs under his district for the applicants. Applicants’ forms/documents are at safe custody of NRC authority once they are formally submitted.
(2) The district administration of Kokrajhar has taken a laudable step by taking legal action against the person found to be involved in issuance of fake birth certificate. Such action on the part of law enforcing authorities would send a signal to all those who are involved in such racket as to the futility of producing and using such fake certificates.
Agradoot Reports : The Agradoot in its 2nd August,2015 issue published a report under the caption “চাৰিমাহেআপলোডনহ’লএনআৰচিক’ড” wherein it is alleged that legacy data of two villages named Phulbari and Ganakpara under Chenga Revenue Circle in Barpeta district are yet to be made available even though the district administration has been promising to do it for the last four months. The report indicates that the SCNR when met by the villagers at Dispur assured them to do the needful within 10 days.
Our Response : As promised by the SCNR, the legacy data codes are made available in the NRC website and the villagers can now access their legacy data codes as generated on available records.
The Sentinel Reports : The Sentinel in its 2nd August,2015 issue published a report to the effect that Golaghat Press Club set up an NRC facilitation Centre to help people in completing formalities for NRC upgrade where they assisted people in submitting forms online and also imparting training. Various organizations and citizens are availing of the benefit of the facilitation centre.
Our Response : The NRC authority appreciates the noble act of Golaghat Press Club for taking unto themselves to perform their social responsibility. Other organizations too are expected to take a leaf out of their book for the common benefit of the people of their own areas.
Asomiya Khabar/ Agradoot Reports : The Asomiya Khabar and Agradoot in their 2nd August,2015 issues published a report captioned “মৰিগাঁৱতজন্মৰ ২০ হাজাৰপ্ৰমাণপত্ৰৰকেলেংকাৰী, উপায়ুক্তৰকাৰ্যালয়তেবেহা ”wherein it is alleged that racket of twenty thousand fake birth certificates has taken place in Morigaon district. The centre of the racket is alleged to be the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon itself. It is doubted if the Morigaon police will be able to destroy the racket of fake birth certificate in the district.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon has been asked to cause a thorough enquiry in to the alleged fake birth certificate rackets in his office/district and to take corrective action as per law.
Doinik Janambhumi Reports : The Doinik Janambhumi in its 2nd August, 2015 issue published a report captioned “মাজুলীতএনআৰচি’ত ১০ হাজাৰলোকৰনামবাদপৰাৰআশাংকা” which alleged that exclusion of names of about ten thousand people belonging to SC/ST/Economically Backward classes from NRC are feared at Majuli due to their inherent indifferent attitude towards need for inclusion and also for lack of any awareness campaign either at the initiative of Government or any socio-cultural organization. The report also published report on the concern of the local Advocates Association about certificates issued by the local Gaonburhas in immigrant dominated areas of the state.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioner/SDO (Civil), MajuliJorhat have been asked to look into the issue immediately and to ensure taking corrective action to get all the residents of the sub-division included in NRC. The local Advocate Association too, render valuable services through mass awareness programmes to sensitize and elicit support and participation of all the communities like Golaghat Press Club has been doing.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 31-07-2015
Assam Tribune/The Sentinel/The Telegraph/Asomiya Pratidin/Asomiya Khabar/Amar Asom Reports : The Assam Tribune, The Sentinel, The Telegraph, Asomiya Pratidin, Asomiya Khabar and Amar Asom in their 31st July issues published similar reports on prevalence of flourishing fake birth certificate rackets in the state which are casting shadows over the prospect of preparing a foolproof NRC for Assam. It is alleged in the reports that the state health department authorities are found to be issuing birth certificates to persons declared to be foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals of the state.The reports also highlighted the fact of taking cognizance of the matter by the honourable Gauhati High Court.
Our Response : The Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of all the districts have been asked to take immediate action for closing down such fake birth certificate rackets if found to be operating in their respective districts and also to apprehend all the culprits in due process of law. Simultaneously, they have also been urged to sensitize members of the public through rigorous awareness campaign in their districts about the futility of producing fake birth certificates for getting names included in updated NRC as any documents will be nullified if found to be fake during verification. They are further advised to convey the message to all concerned that involvement in such illegal activities is punishable under law with imprisonment for five years or with fine for Rupees fifty thousand or with both as per provisions of section 17 of “The Citizenship Act, 1955”.
Niyomiya bartta/Asomiya Khabar Reports: The Niyomiyabartta and Asomiya Khabar in their 31st July issuespublished reports which allege that some functionaries viz. data entry operators of Alitangani NSK under Jamuguri GP in Nagaon district are found to have been collecting money through one GR.IV employee of the Jamuguri GP and another broker named Pathan by manipulating the practice of receiving forms from the public which led to strong protest and resentment in the minds of the applicants.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioners of all the districts have already been instructed to ensure proper management of the NSKs in their respective districtsthrough use of queue management techniques like token system, staggering of applicationreceipt and adequate publicity campaign.Guidelines issued to the effect that NRC application forms are to be submitted by one of the members of a family only and strangers/brokers are not to be allowed as a matter of rule need to be followed by the NSK officials scrupulously. All the DCs have been further directed to take stern disciplinary action against all corrupt and delinquent functionaries. In the instant case DC, Nagaon has been asked to take corrective action immediately.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 29-07-2015 & 30-07-2015
Edinar Sambad : Edinar Sambad in its 29th July issue published a report captioned “ৰাজ্যৰ ১০ সহস্ৰাধিক গাঁৱত নাই গাঁওবুঢ়া-কুমাৰীকাটা মৌজাত এন আৰ চিক লৈ গাঁওবুঢ়াৰ দূৰ্নীতিত অতিষ্ঠ ৰাইজ” wherein it is alleged that non-availability of Gaonburhas over 10000 villages in 6 districts of the state has badly affected the works of NRC updating process as Gaonburhas are to provide vital information to Circle Officer/BDO/GP Secretary etc to enable them to issue various NRC related certificates/documents to the public. The same news item also indicated that the people of Khoirabari, Kalipur No.1, 2, 3 & 4, Banhbari, Bhalukjhar, Naukata etc villages under Kumarikata Mouza in Tamulpur Revenue Circle as well as those belonging to Nagrijuli Revenue Circle under Baksa district have to depend on Gaonburhas of other areas for NRC related certificates. The incharge Gaonburhas are harassing these people by demanding money for their certificates.
Our Response : The same News Item was published by “Amar Asom” in its 27th July’15 issue. In consideration of the urgent need of services of Gaonburha/Lot Mandal/SKs during updating of NRC process, steps are being taken to fill up the vacant posts of Gaonburhas, Lot Mandals and Supervisory Kanungos as soon as possible. All the DCs have also been suitably directed to take stern action against functionaries involved in NRC updating process under their respective districts if found indulging in corrupt practices of any kind. Members of the public are also urged to register their complaints against any functionary demanding money from them for any legitimate certificate/document with the concerned Circle Officer/Deputy Commissioner or Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch, GOA by calling at 0361-2462295. In the instant case, DC, Baska and other concerned DCs have been asked to take appropriate action to address the problems reported.
Amar Asom : Amar Asom in its report published on 29TH July issue under the caption “পথাৰত ধান ৰোপণ এৰি এন আৰ চিৰ কামত ব্যস্ত কৃষক”) wherein it is alleged that people are subjected to great harassment in the NSKs of west Assam viz. Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri,, Goalpara, Barpeta etc districts owing to receipt of limited number of application forms per day, frequent disruption of power supply, occasional malfunctioning of computers, inadequacy of manpower in the NSKs. People are reportedly very enthusiastic to submit their applications and have come in plenty leaving behind their works in paddy fields but are getting disappointed being unable to submit forms due to heavy rush.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioners of all the districts have already been instructed to ensure proper management of the affairs of the NSKs in their respective districts through providing of basic facilities and infrastructure, hygiene, deployment of adequate resources, implementation of plan for rationalization amongst the existing NSKs, use of queue management techniques like token system, staggering of application receipt and adequate publicity campaign. In the instant case, DCs of west Assam districts have been directed afresh to initiate proper mechanism to quicken receipt of application forms by their LRCRs from the applicants and not to delay the process by undertaking thorough scrutiny of documents accompanying the application forms at the ongoing application receipt stage. It may however, be seen that 129 NSKs in these districts have recorded receipt of more than 80 forms per day, 59 NSKs have recorded receipt of 101 to 120 forms per day, 36 NSKs have recorded receipt of 121 to 150 forms per day and 24 NSKs have recorded receipt of more than 151 forms per day during the period from 21-07-15 to 28-07-15.
Asomiya Pratidin/ Doinik Agradoot/Edinar Sambad/Doinandin Bartta Report : Asomiya Pratidin/ Doinik Agradoot etc local dailies in their 30th July, 2015 issues published reports that the people of Sorutezpur village under Palasbari Revenue Circle demonstrated strong protest in the office premises of the Circle Office against Shri Hareswar Kalita, Gaonburha of Sorutezpur village for harassing the people of his lot by demanding money for NRC related services. CO, Palasbari reportedly assured the people to take action against the corrupt GB.
Our Response : In the instant case, DC, Kamrup has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry into the matter and to take corrective action.
Asomiya Pratidin : Another news item captioned “ লালুকত ভয়ংকৰ কাণ্ড- আশা কৰ্ম্মীৰ হাতে হাতে ছীল-মোহৰ সম্বলিত উকা জন্মৰ প্ৰমাণ পত্ৰ” is published in Asomiya Pratidin in its 30th July, 2015 issue wherein it is alleged that some Asha workers were seen in the Laluk Model Hospital in Lakhimpur district with some blank birth certificate in their hands. The blank birth certificates reportedly carry seal, signature and registration numbers though no names of child, parents and addresses etc are recorded. People doubt these birth certificates to be fake.
Our Response : In the instant case, DC, Lakhimpur has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry in to the matter and take corrective action.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 28-07-2015
Asomiya Pratidin : In its 28th July issue published a report captioned “কৰ্মচাৰীৰ অনিয়মীয়া উপস্থিতি- কাকীত এন আৰ চি সেৱা কেন্দ্ৰত উত্তেজনা” wherein it is stated that mass resentment amongst members of the public prevailed due to late arrival of the LRCR of No.16 Kaki NSK under Lanka Revenue Circle in Nagaon district. The report alleged that the LRCR Golo Kalita is very irregular in attending his office and as a result people coming from faraway places covering 20-30 KMs are subjected to harassment being compelled to visit the NSK for 4-5 days to submit their NRC application forms.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioners of the districts have already been instructed to take stern action against all the officials under their administrative control who is showing negligence to NRC duties. DC, Nagaon has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry into the report of alleged irregular attendance of LRCR of Kaki No. 16 NSK and and take corrective action.
Doinik Agradoot/Asomiya Pratidin : Doinik Agradoot & Asomiya Pratidin in their 28TH July issue published reports under the caption (1) “ বাক্সাত এন আৰ চিৰ প্ৰপত্ৰ জমা দিয়াৰ নামত ৰাইজক হাৰাশাস্তি” and (2) “আজাৰাৰ এন আৰ চি সেৱা কেন্দ্ৰত ৰাইজৰ দুৰ্ভোগ” wherein it is alleged that people are subjected to harassment in the NSKs of Baksa district and in the NSKs under Azara Revenue Circle in Kamrup Metropolitan district due to lack of proper management of the NSKs. Many people have to go back home without being able to submit their applications even after standing in queue for three to four days. The report further alleged that the Nayabasti Integrated Child Development Project Officer who is the designated LRCR of Nayabasti NSK leaves the NSK without completing the schedule work thus bringing the works in the NSK to a halt.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioners of all the districts have already been instructed to ensure proper management of the affairs of the NSKs in their respective districts on issues like providing of basic facilities and infrastructure, hygiene, deployment of adequate resources, implementation of plan for rationalization amongst the existing NSKs, use of queue management techniques like token system, staggering of application and adequate publicity campaign. In the instant case, DC, Baska and DC, Kamrup (Metro) have been asked to take appropriate action to address the problems faced by the people in NSKs under their districts.
Janasadharan : Janasadharan in its 28th July,2015 issue published report uncder the caption “হাউলীত জন্মৰ প্ৰমাণ পত্ৰৰ নামত অবাধ বেহা- এন আৰ চি প্ৰপত্ৰ পূৰণক লৈ হাহাকাৰ” wherein it is alleged that rampant corrupt practices are being indulged in by different authorities in the name of issuance of Gaonburha Certificate, Birth Certificate, Affidavit Notarization and for assisting in form filling up. The report further alleged that large scale anomalies in receipt of NRC application forms are taking place in the NSKs of rural areas in Barpeta district owing to intervention of middlemen in the exercise.
Our Response : All the Deputy Commissioners across the state have already been instructed to ensure prevention of corrupt practices indulged in by any functionary involved in NRC updating process by taking suitable disciplinary measures and also to ensure proper management of the affairs of the NSKs in their respective districts on issues like providing of basic facilities and infrastructure, hygiene, deployment of adequate resources, implementation of plan for rationalization amongst the existing NSKs, use of queue management techniques like token system, staggering of application and adequate publicity campaign. In the instant case, DC, Barpeta has been asked to take appropriate action to address the problems faced by the people at the NSKs under their districts.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 25/07/15
Amar Asom : Amar Asom in its 25TH July issue published a report under the caption “এন আৰ চি : চিৰাঙত ভুৱা প্ৰমাণ-পত্ৰৰ ৰমৰমীয়া বেহা। এহাজাৰ টকা দিয়ক আৰু জন্মৰ প্ৰমাণ-পত্ৰ লওক” wherein it is alleged that even a certain ASHA worker of Dangtol has been supplying over 100 fake birth certificates @ Rs. 1000/- per certificate purportedly issued from District Health Officer, Chirang and J.S.B Civil Hospital, Kajalgaon. The report also reveals that the fake birth certificates are being enclosed as linkage certificates with the NRC application forms submitted by a section of applicants and some touts and government Gaonburhas are also involved in the racket.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioners of all districts have already been instructed on multiple instances to deal with all instances of corrupt practices indulged in by officials engaged at various levels for NRC updation works in their respective districts sternly. Authenticity of all documents including the linkage certificates adduced by the applicants will be duly verified by the Verification Teams (VT) and members of the public/media will be free to point out these issues during field verification in their respective areas so that these do not escape close scrutiny of the VTs. D.C, Chirang is, however, asked to cause appropriate enquiry in to the serious report of corrupt practices by Government functionaries as alleged to have taken place in his district and to furnish an Acton Taken Report forthwith.
Doinik Agradoot : Doinik Agradoot in its 25th July,2015 issue published the news captioned “আঁতৰা নাই বিভ্ৰান্তি :বহূ পৰিয়াল বঞ্চিত হোৱাৰ শ্ংকা” wherein it is alleged among others that 300 families of Ghoramara Village under Baganpara Revenue Circle in Baksa district are going to be deprived from getting their names included in NRC as the nearest NSK refused to accept their forms.
Our Response : All the residents of the state are eligible to receive and submit Application Form. Public notices have been published in this regard and the administration has been instructed and sensitized on the same. The Deputy Commissioner, Baksa is asked to enquire into the reported matter of denial of service to public and to take appropriate action so that receipt of NRC application forms from all the families of Ghoramara village could be ensured. The public of Ghoramara village under Baganpara Revenue Circle in Baksa district need not worry as the matter is taken up with urgency.
Doinik Janambhumi : Doinik Janambhumi in its 25th July 2015 issue carried a report captioned “কাৰ্বি আংলঙত ধনৰ লালসাতে গাঁওবুঢ়াই দিছে প্ৰমাণপত্ৰ-এন আৰ চিত বহিৰাগতৰ নাম অন্তৰ্ভূক্তিৰ সম্ভাৱনা” wherein it is alleged that Gaonburhas in Karbi Anglong district have been issuing certificates in lieu of money without authority as a result of which there is possibility of illegal migrants getting their names included in updated NRC on the strength of certificates of Gaonburhas. The report further goes on to say that if Gaonburhas’ certificates are not properly cross checked during verification by the district administration/NRC functionaries, the Hill district will face serious problems in future.
Our Response : Authenticity of all documents including the linkage certificates adduced by the applicants will be duly verified by the Verification Teams (VT) and members of the public/media will be free to point out these issues during field verification in their respective areas so that these do not escape close scrutiny of the VTs. Deputy Commissioners of all districts have already been instructed to deal with all instances of corrupt practices indulged in by officials engaged at various levels for NRC updation works in their respective districts sternly. D.C, Karbi Anglong is, however, once again asked to cause appropriate enquiry in to the report of corrupt and illegal practices of issuing certificates being indulged in by the Gaonburhas in his district, as alleged, and to furnish an Acton Taken Report upon initiating necessary action as per law.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 24/07/15
Assam Tribune : (1) ASSAM TRIBUNE in its 24TH July issue published a report under the caption “Negligence at NSK centre angers citizens” in Bongaigaon Zila Parishad NSK, Barpara. The report alleged that legacy documents submitted along with the forms were dumped in a corner outside the centre and some of the forms submitted by applicants from Sipansila and Majgaon village are yet to be traced by the NSK officials.
Our Response : The same news item was published by “Amar Asom” in its 23rd July issue. Deputy Commissioner , Bongaigaon has been asked to enquire into the incident and to submit a factual report. In view of the news item appearing in Assam Tribune again alleging that some of the documents submitted by applicants in Bongaigaon Zila Parishad NSK remain untraceable, Deputy Commissioner , Bongaigaon has been instructed to furnish his enquiry report on the matter soon.
(2) Another news item published in Assam Tribune on 24-07-15 relates to anomalies in NRC in Cachar district as alleged by BJP, Cachar District Unit. According to the news item “a vicious circle is running foul business at some NSKs on the pretext of providing legacy data.” in the district.
Our Response : Meanwhile, all the Deputy Commissioners have suitably been instructed to prevent all sorts of corrupt practices indulged in by any government functionary or individual or groups, touts, brokers etc with regard to issuance of any NRC related certificates, documents in their respective districts. Public have also been notified urging them to register complaints against specific cases of corrupt practices before the concerned Circle Officer (CRCR), Deputy Commissioner and also with Vigilance and Anti corruption Branch of Govt of Assam.
Doinik Agradoot : Doinik Agradoot reports that inadequacy of manpower in Puthimari NSK in Kamrup district has led not only to very slow progress of receipt of NRC application forms but also to harassment to the people. Agitated people took to altercation with the NRC officials on 20-07-15.
Our Response : It is the responsibility of the concerned DRCR (DC) to ensure rationalization of NSKs under his/her district through proper mobilization of required resources against each NSK as already advised. DC(DRCR), Kamrup is being asked to revisit his arrangement in the Puthimari NSK. The Execution Director, WIPRO has also been asked to collect the actual status of per day receipt of NRC application forms against Puthimari NSK in Kamrup district w.e.f. 01-07-2015 till date and furnish a detailed report so that necessary steps could be taken up to address the issue at the earliest.
Asomiya Pratidin : Asomiya Pratidin in its 24th July issue published a report to the effect that NSK officials of different NSKs such as NSK set up at Samuguri Revenue Circle campus, Udmari, Laokhowa, Magurmari, Kawoimari, Salpara, Singimari, khatowal etc do not attend their LRCR offices timely causing much inconvenience and harassment to the members of the public. The report further says that the Circle Officer (CRCR) who is to supervise the functioning of the LRCRs under his circle has taken no steps to ensure regular presence of the officials specially the officials of the NSK which is located within his office campus.
Our Response : The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in their order given in WP (C) No 562/2012 on 21-07-2015 has ordered all authorities to act faithfully and diligently to carry out their assigned tasks to ensure smooth preparation of NRC and publication thereof within 1st January, 2016. Referring to the provisions of Article 144 of the Constitution of India, the Hon’ble court also ordered that any person found to be creating any obstruction or hindrance, in any manner, in the preparation of the NRC would be subjected to such orders as the Hon’ble Supreme Court would pass in such eventualities. The orders have been communicated to all the Deputy Commissioners. In the instant case, DC , Nagaon has been instructed to enquire into the matter and take appropriate corrective measures view of the above order to ensure that the LRCR officials discharge their assigned duties diligently.
Janasadharan Reports : (1) Janasadharan in its 24th July issue inquires whether the names of 453 jail inmates of Golaghat Jail will be included in NRC or not. The Superintendent of the Golaghat Jail is reported to have facilitated the inmates in getting their names included in NRC.
(2) Report published in Janasadharan on its 24th July issue also says that Touts, some Gaonburhas, GP Secretaries of Mukalmua/ Barkshetri area in Nalbari district are harassing the local poor and illiterate people by demanding money in the name of filling up of the NRC form.
Our Response : (1) The NRC authority has already solicited guidelines on this issue from the RGI which is awaited. Members of the public will be notified on the procedure to be followed on the issue soon after receipt of RGI guidelines.
(2) : Meanwhile, all the DC (DRCR)s have suitably been instructed to prevent all sorts of corrupt practices indulged in by any government functionary or individual or groups, touts, brokers etc with regard to any NRC related works like issuance of certificates, documents in their respective districts. Public have also been notified urging them to register complaints against specific cases of corrupt practices before the concerned Circle Officer (CRCR), DC (DRCR) and also with Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch of Govt of Assam. In the instant case, Deputy Commissioner, Nalbari has been instructed to enquire into the matter and take appropriate corrective measures.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 23/07/15
Amar Asom : Amar Asom in its 23rd July issue published a report to the effect that documents enclosed with the NRC application forms at the time of submission in the NSK set up at Bongaigaon Zila Parishad office were found in dustbin by the applicants during their subsequent visit to the NSK reportedly for collection of the Acknowledge Receipt. The incident reportedly led to untoward situation within the premises of the NSK which, however, was quelled by the local circle officer and the police.
Our Response : The DC (DRCR) Bongaigaon has been asked to enquire into the incident and to submit a factual report.
Amar Asom : Report published in Amar Asom in its 23rd July issue alleges that People are facing harassment in submitting their NRC application forms in some NSKs under Nagaon district on account of absolute mismanagement in the NSKs. Anomalies are reported in the token management system resulting in convenience of public. The report further alleges that the officials of the NSK established at Dighaliati GP office under Raha Development Block in Nagaon district have been inflicting immense harassment to the people by making them to await for 2 to 3 days before they are able to submit their NRC forms. People have been forced to switch over to online submission of NRC forms at high expenses.
Our Response : The Execution Director, WIPRO has also been requested to collect the actual status of per day receipt of NRC application forms against Dighalati GP office NSK in Nagaon district w.e.f. 01-07-2015 till date. DC (DRCR), Nagaon, too, is being asked to enquire into the matter of mismanagement of NSKs as alleged in the report immediately and to furnish a factual report to the SCNR. On receipt of reports, those shall be uploaded in the website for information of the public.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 22/07/15
Doinik Agradoot/Asomiya Pratidin : Reports have been published in Doinik Agradoot/Asomiya Pratidin in their 22nd July issues about ransacking of Melekadhing NSK set up at Melekadhing GP office under Juria police station in Nagaon district by local residents being infuriated for absence of NSK officials till mid day on 21-07-15. The reports indicate that the people of the locality have never seen the face of the GP Secretary of Melekadhing GP for which they are facing immense inconvenience. Similar incident is reported to have occurred in Teliya Bebejia GP NSK also on 20th of July, 2015 for absence of NSK officials there. The regular absence of NSK officials in some of the NSKs in the district has caused sufferings to the people in submitting their NRC application form and as per the report may likely to cause serious law and order problems in the affected NSK areas.
Our Response : As per the input received from district administration, it appears that no such incident of ransacking of Melekadhing NSK took place. It is reported that there is persistent public demand on accepting more forms per day, however, no such instance of public interrupting in smooth functioning of NSK due to absence of LRCR was confirmed by the administration. Enquiry has also been made regarding the reported incidence in Telia Bebejia regarding which it is informed that the LRCR on the given day was on leave and the LO reported to duty late, at 11 AM. Instruction has been issued to the DC, Nagaon to look into both the instances and take appropriate action any functionary found guilty of dereliction of assigned duties.
Doinik Janambhumi : Report published in Doinik Janambhumi in its 22nd July issue alleges conspiracy to exclude indigenous people while safeguarding the interest of the suspected migrants in Sonitpur district by not managing the affairs of the NSKs properly and also not facilitating the residents in collecting their required documents by the district administration, Sonitpur.
Our Response : It is reassured to public that the entire administration of the state is working with the common goal of ensuring successful updation of NRC. Any instance of mismanagement, if found, would be taken up immediately for corrective action and action shall be taken against guilty. The public may complaint against any such instance of mismanagement to the Deputy Commissioner who is also the District Registrar of Citizens Registration, to Circle Officer who is the Circle Registrar of Citizen Registration, as well as in the Toll Free Helpline No 15107 or through our online Grievance Redressal System at http://nrcassamcomplaints.in/.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 20/07/15
Janasadharan: Janasadharan in its 20th July issue reports that Villagers of Sorupathar in Golaghat district are expressing their concern and worry about the lack of legacy data against them and their apprehension escalates with the last date of submission of NRC application forms drawing closer.The people also reportedly threatened to launch agitation if they are not provided with legacy data by the administration.
Our Response: Legacy Data, as available with the government, has been made available for public in NSKs as well as on web. However, for few areas if the legacy data is not available with the government, the same could not be made available. However, the Legacy Data, that is the NRC 1951 and Electoral Rolls upto 24th March 1971, are not the only options to claim eligibility for inclusion in NRC. There are 12 other admissible documents available for pubic to furnish to support their claim for inclusion in NRC. The people of Sorupathar area are requested to cooperate with the administration as all possible efforts will be made to facilitate their names to be included in the updated NRC.
Asomiya Khabar: AsomiyaKhabar in its 20th July issue reports that 41 NSKs are operating in Bilasipara Sub-Division under Dhubri district where officers are alleged to have been looting in the name of supplying consumables to the NSKs. The report says that the Gen sets are out of order, Laptops and printers also malfunctioning and fuel supply is absolutely irregular in the NSKs. The news item urged the need to increase the manpower resources and consumables including payment of honorarium to the FLOs.
Our Response: On the basis of media reports, the matter related to non-functioning equipment at 41 NSKs under Bilasipara, Dhubri was enquired and it was found that no such case of non-functioning laptop, printer, gen set is reported. NSKs under Bilasipara have been performing well and have received so far 15,814 Application Forms in total.
Doinik Agradoot: Doinik Agradoot in its 20th July issue reports that receipt of application forms are going on in a snail pace in Rupohihat in Nagaon district, Lahorighat in Morigaon district South Salmara in Dhubri district while rampant corruption in issuance of NRC related certificates for married women/ birth certificates/ educational certificates etc indulged in by the local Gaonburas/ GP Secretaries/ Head masters of local schools are taking place in Lahorighat in Morigaon district.
Our Response: The pace of receipt of NRC application forms appears to have gained momentum in the NSKs of late. The operators’ speed too have gone up considerably recently. As such, all the residents of the state will be able to submit their NRC application forms without any problems. People need not worry and apprehend any inconvenience in so far as submission of their forms for inclusion of names in the updated NRC.
All the Deputy Commissioners have already been instructed to take stern action against all the field level functionaries in their respective districts who are found to indulge in any sort of corrupt practices in the name of issuance of any NRC related certificates/documents. People also need to register complaints before the concerned Circle Officers (CRCRs), Deputy Commissioners (DRCRs), Local Police Stations and also with the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch of the Government of Assam. The telephone number 0361-2462295 of the V& AC branch and our Toll Free Helpline number 15107 have already been notified for the benefit of the public. The DCs of Nagaon, Morigaon and Dhubri are once again reminded to take necessary action to prevent recurrence of any corrupt practices in the larger interest of society.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 19/07/15
Doinik Agradoot: Report published in Doinik Agradoot in its 19th July issue says that the whimsical and negligent behavior in discharging duties and responsibilities of LRCR by the ICDPO,Nayabasti of Nayabasti NSK under Baganpara Revenue Circle in Baksa district has caused immense harassment to the people of the area in submitting NRC application forms in the NSK. The report further indicates that the LRCR and his staff open the LRCR office very late, sometimes as late as up to 12 noon. People of the area are subjected to visit the NSK as many as 5 to 6 days for submission of their forms. The LRCR officer and his staff are alleged to waste long time in the name of taking lunch even when they open the NSK after the schedule opening hour. Similarly, they also close the office of the LRCR before the schedule closing hours. Deputy Commissioner, Baksa is reportedly informed of the matter.
Our Response: The Deputy Commissioner (DRCR) of Baksa district has been asked to cause an immediate enquiry into the alleged serious act of dereliction of duties and responsibilities on the part of the LRCR, Nayapara NSK and to take appropriate measures as per the findings of his. All efforts will be made to address the issue in the interest of the applicants under the jurisdiction of the said NSK.
Amar Asom: News report published in its 19th July issue indicates that people of Hajalpara under Goreswar Revenue Circle in Baksa district are yet to find their Legacy Data for which they expressed their resentment and protest publicly. The people of the locality also alleged to have demanded for appointment of Gaonburaha in their village.
Our Response: Legacy Data, as available with the government, has been made available for public in NSKs as well as on web. However, for few areas if the legacy data is not available with the government, the same could not be made available. However, the Legacy Data, that is the NRC 1951 and Electoral Rolls upto 24th March 1971, are not the only options to claim eligibility for inclusion in NRC. There are 12 other admissible documents available for pubic to furnish to support their claim for inclusion in NRC. The matter of appointment of Gaonburhais taken up by the district administration.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 18/07/15
Doinik Janambhumi : (1) Report published in Dionik Janambhumi says that one Chintamoni Das, head master of Bayan Silpi Night School which is allegedly a non-existent school in Sualkuchi under Kamrup district has been selling back dated certificates meant to be used in connection with updating of NRC for Rs.200/- to Rs.1000/- per certificate.
(2) Another report published in Doinik Janambhumi apprehends that it would be disastrous if foolproof mechanism for verification of documents submitted with NRC application forms is not ensured. The report alleges that numerous claims of eligibility against a single legacy data are being made even in Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh districts, leave alone, the happenings in the Lower Assam districts. Religious minority people with similar names have taken full advantage for establishing linkages with the help of easily obtainable linkage certificates issued by Gaonburhas and the Educational institutions. In certain pockets, many children are reported have claimed linkage through their Indian mothers only as most of their fathers are Bangladeshi nationals.
Our Response : (1) DC, Kamrup has been asked to enquire into the matter and to take appropriate action as per law. Action as required will be taken after receipt of DC’s report.
(2) A strong mechanism for verification of documents - both legacy and linkage - will be used during verification phase of NRC Update process. The software too provides for a strong mechanism for this. Software will generate alerts wherever unreasonable high numbers of persons are found to have claimed linkage with the same person. While visiting or verifying particulars of any person, reports will also be available with the Verification Team officials about all other persons who have claimed same linkage as claimed by the person being verified. This will enable to cross-check the claims made amongst siblings. Members of the public will also be able to register objection against any suspected entry in the Draft NRC to be published before finalization of NRC, Assam. All law abiding people should bring any instance of irregularity to the notice of the concerned Deputy Commissioner, Circle Officer and the LRCR (Local Registrar of Citizen Registration) immediately. All Deputy Commissioners are being directed to be vigilant and watchful about the activities of all the authorities empowered to issue NRC related certificates/documents under their respective districts.
Janasadharan : Reports that People living in Takimari GP area of Jaleswar Development Block under Goalpara district have been facing harassment in getting their linkage documents as Md Rezaul Islam, GP Secretary , Takimari GP does not attend his office regularly and indulges in brokerage to issue NRC related linkage certificates to the poor people.
Our Response : All the Deputy Commissioners have already been instructed to take stern action against all those who indulge in Corrupt practices. Members of the public too need to be alert and to register complaints against such government functionaries before the concerned DC/CO or with Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch, Govt of Assam. In the instant case, DC, Goalpara is being asked to enquire into Takimari GP Secretary’s alleged dereliction of duty and to take necessary action as per law.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 17/07/15
Asomiya Pratidin/ Niyomiya Bartta : Reports that computers have been stolen from Kasomari NSK, near Nagaon town in Nagaon district. Local police of Haibargaon Police Station has been informed though computers are yet to be recovered.
Our Response : Deputy Commissioner (DRCR) and Superintendent of Police, Nagaon district have been instructed to enquire/ investigate into the theft case and to ensure recovery of the valuable Government properties by apprehending the culprits. System Integrator (Wipro) is also being asked to furnish a detailed factual report on the present status of functioning of the Kasomari NSK including ensuring presence of Chowkidar at the NSK.
Amar Asom/Niyamiya Bartta : Reports that people of Bilasipara town under Dhubri district have been harassed by a few Ward Councilors/Commissioners for linkage certificates in connection with updating of NRC.
Our Response : All the Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to take stern action against anyone found to have indulged in corrupt practices in matters of issuance of NRC related certificates. People can also register cases/complaints against the guilty officials. In the instant case, Deputy Commissioner, Dhubri has been asked to enquire and take necessary action to address the issue.
Doinik Jugasangkha : Doinik Jugasangkha reports that receipt of NRC application forms are yet to commence at the NSK set up in the office of the BDO, Dharmashala due allegedly to non-downloading of software in the computers. It is further alleged in the report that 350 families living in Fulkakata GP area have been made to walk 20 KM to reach their NSK at Dharmashala.
Our Response : Information received from Wipro sources reveals that NRC application forms are received in Dharmashala NSK regularly. However, DC (DRCR), Dhubri has been asked to enquire into the matter and to submit a factual report. All efforts will be put in place to address the issue.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 15/07/15
Assam Tribune (15-07-15): Report published in Assam Tribune says that NRC Website developed snags. Complaints have been received against slow speed and frequent problems arising out of ‘link failure’ ‘failure to save particulars’ etc faced by the users while filling in NRC application forms online.
Our Response: The reasons for the snag -
1. Initially, huge latency of more than 500ms observed in the Internet connection leading to slowness of the software. (“Latency” means the very tiny breaks (ranging from a fey milli seconds (ms) to 500 milliseconds) in Internet connection which leads to data loss resulting in “Oops”, “Session time-out” etc.)
2. The huge traffic of 1000+ concurrent users as the response from our esteemed applicants was very heavy.
3. Some of the software codes were giving exceptions leading to errors. This happens almost in all software applications, particularly, the heavier software.
Why could we not avert it ?
* Let us assure the public that no compromise has been done in arranging the State of the art infrastructure at all levels. All the servers including Web-Server and Database Server are of Dell make, the Database is of Oracle and the Storage is of EMC – these are some of the leading brands in the field. Inspite of putting in place such robust infrastructure the disruption has happened as the system couldn't be allowed to go through any amount of testing before opening it to the public due to the severe pressure of timelines to start Application receipt. The real load in the application could not be tested before online deployment due to lack of time as the NRC Updation process is racing against time to present the state with an updated NRC by January 2015 as directed by Honourable Supreme Court. We had to put up the system in a very short notice preventing us to do enough testing before public launch.
We would like to share that such disruptions are not unheard of. You may like to know that -
* Any IT system always goes through its own stabilization period which it takes months for the system to be stable for going live. It is a continuous improvement cycle. It is commonly noticed that even top IT giants like Microsoft, Oracle, Apple, IBM etc also go through their own development life cycle. Public must have witnessed Version upgrades from all these top IT Giants which for any software to address bugs from time to time. Similarly, upgrades are being done continuously in the NRC Online software program also.
But this can’t be an excuse to let our biggest support system, the applicants, down. We immediately got into the job and -
* Deployed technical teams across the world to address the issues. Technical teams and experts having more than 15 years of experience in Oracle, Linux, Apache are in Guwahati to analyse the issues and take corrective action. Experts across the world - more than 50 Level 2 & Level 3 software developers in India and many more domain experts of higher levels (Levels 3 & 4) globally from Oracle of USA, Red Hat of USA, and other service providers in India have been continuously working to give better service to the NRC Online clients. Performance tuning of Database and Webs Server has been done. Code review for exceptions is being done and more fine-tuning is in progress. Systems have been deployed to ensure that any exceptions in the system reported in the future are immediately addressed through bug fixes in future. Solution architects are working on design optimization for better performance.
* The system is being monitored 24x7 by technical teams onsite and offsite.
All rigorous works paid off and the present status is :
* With all the efforts, fine-tuning has been done at Database, Web Server and Application layers. Application bugs have been provided with hot fixes and bandwidth latency has also been stabilised at below 50ms. In short, we have done all possible technical advancement to improve the user experience in submitting the Application Form online. However there could be more bugs that may come up in future like in any other software, but we would want to assure you that we shall not leave any stone unturned to resolve it with minimum disruption of services.
* Indisputably, development and maintenance of the NRC Online software program has to face severe challenges due to extremely heavy loads for long periods, criticality of availability of systems, crucial data security requirements etc owing to the sensitive nature of the project. As such, the software solutions have to handle huge complexities and that too in a very short span of time. NRC authorities have deployed the best available resources for handling these issues and have been able to make a turnaround. Even in the peak days of the crisis, online applications and registrations continued as is evident from the following graph :
Lastly, the competency of any organization is not determined by the quantum of the problems generated but how quickly the turnaround is provided.
Jugasangkha (15-07-15) : Jugasangkha reports that Gaonburha in Doboka collecting money for giving certificates for which mass resentment prevailed in Doboka area. The Gaonbura named Mokhlesur Rahman of Paschim Jharuni, Namati and Kacharipara lot is reported have demended Rs. 300/-per certificate from the public. The Circle Officer, though informed has not taken any action as reported by the reporter Shri Anjan Paul, Hojai.
Our Response : All the Deputy Commissioners (DRCRs) have already been instructed to take stern action against all those who indulge in Corrupt practices. Members of the public too need to be alert and to register complaints against such government functionaries before the concerned DC/CO or with Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Branch, Govt of Assam. DC Nagaon has been asked to take appropriate action. . Appropriate corrective section absolutely be taken in the report for the Deputy Commissioner.
Doinik Agradoot Reports(15-07-15) : Aggrieved people put lock and key at Panchmile GP Office NSK in Tezpur for failure of the LRCR office to receive NRC application forms by the lone operator at the NSK. It is further reported that people of Solmara, Rupkuriya, Bhalukjharani and Baghchung villages under Napam GP are subjected to walk 16 KM to reach their NSK set up at Haleswar GP Office. The DC (DRCR) and the C.O (CRCR) have taken no action even they were apprised of the matter.
Our Response : Panchmile GP Office NSK has both the operators working in the NSK. Due to heavy public turn out on the given day, the LRCR officer and the two operators were not able to receive Forms from all applicants. Getting restless in a hurry to submit the forms, the public did try to stall the working of NSK by locking it down. However, the situation was brought under control by the Circle Officer of Tezpur by visiting the NSK to take stock of difficulties faced by the public for necessary action. Accordingly, to improve the speed of Form receive one additional Local Officer (LO) has been engaged in the said office, who has been trained urgently and put to work from 17th July 2015. Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur has been instructed to ensure that such problems do not recur.
Regarding the report of the people of Solmara, Rupkuriya, Bhalukjharani and Baghchung villages under Napam GP are subjected to walk 16 KM to reach their NSK set up at Haleswar GP Office, it is informed that already in view of public convenience the NSK set up at Haleswar GP Office has been relocated to Napam GP NSK and also to handle the crowd at Napam, one additional operator is to be engaged at Napam GP NSK from 20th July 2015. As such the problem is already solved by district administration to ensure best of services delivery to public.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 14/07/15
Doinik Janambhumi reports: Harrassment caused to citizens by one Shri Swapan Kr Bora, Gaon Panchayat Secretary of Hatipukhuri GP under Rupohihat Development Block in Nagaon district in matters of issuance of migration certificates to married women for NRC purpose. Married women migrated due to marriage to and fronHatipukhuri and Behuwachalchali villages are facing problems as the said GP Secretary remains absent in his office most of the time.
Our Response: Deputy Commissioner Nagaon district has been instructed to submit a detailed factual report on the matter. Corrective action as required shall be taken based on the Report received from the Deputy Commssioner.
Janasadharan reports: 20 Bangladeshi Citizens’ declared absconders by police attempt to get themselves included in NRC in Rohinibil village under Thelamara Police Station in Sonitpur district.
Our Response: Deputy Commissioner (DRCR) & Superintendent of Police, Sonitpur district are being instructed to submit a detailed factual report on the matter. Corrective action as required shall be taken based on the Report received from the Deputy Commssioner.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 13/07/15
Asomiya Khabar/Pratidin/Amar Asom:Reports that one Dhan Bahadur Chetri (45) of Dhemai Moupur village under Sonapur Police Station in Kamrup Metropolitan district is suspected to have jumped into river Digaru alleging a relation between the suspected incident and his failure to collect his NRC related linkage document for establishing linkage with his fatherMoti Bahadur alias Chaila Bahadur.
Our Response:Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metro has been asked to inquire into the reported incident immediately and to submit a factual report. Members of the public have already been notified that they should not panic for non availability of linkage documents (List B) and can still submit NRC application forms without enclosing any linkage documents as they would get ample opportunities to prove it during field verification by the Verification Team. NRC application forms will also be received in the NSKs even without linkage documents.
Amar Asom reports:Inclusion of more than twice the number of House hold stipulated against each NSK; 7000 families against the set norms of 3000 families included in some NSKs at Guwahati; NSKs getting overcrowded as those who did not collect legacy data in time are now rushing to the NSKs for legacy data. People of those districts where Deputy Commissioners performed their duties and responsibilities properly have no problems. People of the districts where Deputy Commissioners being the DRCRs did not discharge NRC related responsibilities well are only facing problems at NSKs.
Our Response: In rural areas as well as town areas of most of the districts, norms of having 2500-3000 Household per NSK have been maintained in most of the cases. However, at Guwahati, the density of being very high, maintenance of the fixed norms of accommodating 2500-3000 village-wise household per NSK has been found to be not feasible. However, additional 60 Data Entry Operators (along-with the requisite numbers of Laptops computers etc) and 86 numbers of additional Local Officers have already been deployed.
Asomiya Pratidin reports: 20 Bangladeshi Citizens’ declared absconders by police attempt to get themselves included in NRC in Rohinibil village under Thelamara Police Station in Sonitpur district.
Our Response: Deputy Commissioner (DRCR) & Superintendent of Police, Sonitpur district are being instructed to submit a detailed factual report on the matter. Corrective action as required shall be taken based on the Report received from the Deputy Commissioner.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 12/07/15
Agradoot reports: Different procedure followed in filling up of application forms in Lahorighat area of Morigaon district. Application forms are being returned for filling up with blue ink, for not provided with House number, for not furnishing with married women certificates even if not necessary, insistence on production of affidavits for wrongly spelt/recorded names, NSKs not issuing Legacy Data presently.
Our Response: Clear procedure to be followed in respect of use of ink while filling in NRC application form is made known to all concerned. Filling up of application form in black ink is not mandatory though ideally it is advisable to use black ink instead of blue ink. What is important is to fill in the form neatly with good, legible handwriting. Providing of house number too is not mandatory in case applicants do not generally use it in their address. Production of certificates from GP Secretary /Circle Officer/Executive Magistrate is not mandatory in case a woman applicant provides other valid documents to prove her eligibility/ linkage. Married women can establish linkage as required with any other valid documents also. Affidavits in support of wrongly spelt names etc, if any, may also be produced by the applicants before the verifying team during Verification Phase. Enclosing of affidavits along with the application is also not mandatory. Public were invited and requested to collect their documents including legacy data starting 27th March and continuously thereafter through news paper advertisements in as many as 33 local dailies published in different languages. It is therefore, reasonable to expect that it may not be possible for NSKs now to devote much time in issuing legacy data ignoring the task of receipt of application forms. Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon has been instructed afresh to follow the procedure in receipt of application forms as stipulated. Corrective action as required shall be taken based on the Report received from the Deputy Commissioner.
Amar Asom/Niyamiya Barta reports: Stagnancy in NSK at Madhya Sualkuchi in Kamrup district. Only one Computer is functional against 8ooo households. Household under the NSK is 3714, increased to 8419 on transfer from other NSKs. One of the computers is out of order. LRCR’s request to CRCR/DRCR for redressal of the problems remains un acceded to.
Our Response: Both the computers are functional although there was a
temporary disruption for a day in one of the computers. In order to ensure uniformity in deployment and availability of services to the public, all the Deputy Commissioners have already been instructed to this effect it is being sought to undertake rationalization of the existing resources to the extent possible and wherever possible, including mobilization of additional resources in the NSKs under their districts as and where necessary. DRCR concerned and the System Integrator (Wipro) are being directed once again to take required action to redress the issue.
Asomiya Pratidin reports: Darrang district Police arrested 3 racketeers of fake birth certificates and other certificates manufactured for use of NRC purpose and seized many seals, incriminating documents from their possession under the leadership of Mangaldoi Sadar P.S Town Sub-Inspector Shri Ranjit Hazarika. The computer used for the manufacturing of fake documents by the racketeers is yet to be seized. Another member of the gang is absconding. The racketeers are suspected to have continued this illegal trade of issuance of fake certificates as legacy documents for NRC for months and are doing a brisk business. The report says that police will be able to unearth the nexus and to nab the main culprits behind the clandestine activities only if a sincere and sustained investigating effort is made by them.
Our Response: Darrang Police has done a commendable job. In view of various news items appearing about availability of such fake certificates in the market purportedly to be used for the purpose of NRC updating, all the Deputy Commissioners have already been directed to take prompt and stern action against such racketeers of fake document manufacturers. Adequate publicity has also been given to the telephone number of Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch of Govt. of Assam. Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of all the districts are to take similar action against such racketeers of fake certificates/documents wherever found and to ensure taking of stern legal action to punish the culprits.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 11/07/15
Assam Tribune reports:
People of Majirgaon Gaon Panchayat area under Azara Revenue Circle in Kamrup Metropolitan District expressed concern over establishment of an NRC Seva Kendra at the residence of the President of the GP despite existence of a permanent GP office building. The people are facing problems in collecting legacy data from the NSK and also in submitting forms in the NSK set up at the GP Secretary’s house. The GP Secretary is reportedly receiving house rent of Rs.8000/-pm. DC/Circle Officer concerned approached but to no avail.
Our Response: Deputy Commissioners (DRCRs) are responsible for setting up NSKs in their respective districts in suitable premises preference being given to house NSKs at government buildings as available. DC (DRCR), Kamrup Metropolitan District has been asked to enquire the matter and to submit a factual report.
Assam Tribune reports: Immense enthusiasm for filling up of NRC Application Forms amongst the people in lower Assam specially in Bodo/Adibasi/Nepali and other Communities. Festive atmosphere prevail centering around filling up of NRC forms in many remote and inaccessible areas of Assam Meghalaya border. People are coming out spontaneously to extend help and assistance in filling up of the NRC application forms to the poor, illiterate and the common people of their neighbourhood without any support from the district administration.
Our Response: Hats off!! Congratulations and greetings to Gaonburha Dhiresh Basumatary of Dadgiri village district, Filiman Tudu of Bengtal and Pharmacist Prem Prasad Upadhyaya of Gorubhasa of Chirang district, Sangku Ghosh Dastidar of Bongaigaon and Pranab Rabha of Kamrup district and all their team members from NRC authority. They, including those smart students rendering yeomen service to the common people during their Summer Vacation deserve immense praise from all of us. Wish, other learned fellow residents and teacher and the student community would also take a leaf out of their books and offer support and assistance to all those who need help and thereby make useful contribution to making of an error free NRC!
Asomiya Khabar reports:The media report says that duplicate/fake birth certificates of Kathiyatoli Primary Health Centre in Nagaon district are making brisk business in the said locality, which allegedly has bearing on updating of NRC exercise in the state. One Jamaluuddin a relative of the member of ward no 2 of Juripara Gaon Panchayat is involved in the racket.
Our Response: Deputy Commissioners of all the districts have already been instructed to prevent recurrence of such corrupt practices in their respective districts. The DC concerned is once again asked to enquire into the alleged act of issuance of fake birth certificates in her district. People also need to realize that they cannot get their names included in updated NRC by submitting such manufactured documents and use of such illegal documents might land them into litigations/troubles.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 10/07/15
Amar Asom reports:
Lack of adequate infrastructure in most of the NSKs in the state. Unhygienic conditions prevail in and around the NSKs; Insufficient deployment of manpower and other resources; no separate provisions for women & senior citizens; applicants made to stand in queue for 6-7 hours to submit forms etc.
Our Response: :
2500 NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs) are set up across the state, each covering on an average of 2500 households. The NSKs are set up mostly at government buildings. For this purpose, the Gaon Panchayat Offices are used as these are the locations mostly known to the people of a village. In urban areas other government offices are used and in some cases also rented accommodations as per identification and recommendation of Deputy Commissioners. Each NSK has been equipped to issue Legacy Data and receive Application Forms. All these NSKs are equipped with 2 laptops, 2 scanners, 1 generator, 2 extra screens to allow the public to keep checking whatever is being searched or entered by the operator. In some places, wherever required, 2 generators have been provided. 2 Computer Operators and officers appointed as Local Registrar of Citizen Registration (LRCR) and Local Officers are also deployed at the NSKs. However, we are aware that in spite of putting in place adequate infrastructure and logistics there are places where issues of over-crowding are coming up. This has mainly happened due to people still visiting NSKs to obtain Legacy Data, whereas Legacy Data publication was started across the state in March itself. As such, when the NSKs were prepared at this moment to receive public visiting NSKs to submit applications, there is also a section of crowd still visiting NSKs to obtain Legacy Data Code, which is leading to overcrowding at places. Moreover, the overwhelming enthusiastic response of public is also a factor in this regards. Though it was an unexpected scenario in initial days, now the situation has come under control in most NSKs. In the NSKs of Guwahati, which encountered overcrowding for last few days, an effective queue management system is now put in place, which has been successful in addressing the problem. The Deputy Commissioners of districts as District Registrars of Citizen Registration and Circle Officers as Circle Registrars of Citizen Registration are responsible to provide all facilities to public to take part in the NRC updation process. These authorities may be approached on any denial of service or in inconvenience in taking part in the process All the Deputy Commissioners/DRCRs have been instructed to provide minimum basic facilities in all the NSKs within their districts and to improve the conditions of the NSKs to ameliorate the inconvenience faced by the people. They have also been directed to make special arrangements for women and senior citizens coming to the NSKs for submission of NRC forms wherever required. It may be noted that as the operations at NSKs are temporary in nature (lasting over a period of a few months) and that there is a requirement to evenly cover huge geographical area, planning has to be made economically. As such, there may be a few locations where gaps might appear in arrangements of logistics and and provision of facilities for officers, operators or the public. However, arrangements have also been made to enable the public to submit NRC application form ‘online’ sitting at home or through centres having Internet availability viz. Common Service Centres established under Govt. Since updating of NRC, Assam is our collective responsibility, all of us need to appreciate and bear the limitations and do our best to make this a successful process for our state and generations to come.
DainikJanambhumi / Amar Asom / AsomiyaKhabarReports:
Reports have been published that due to complexity of the NRC process, one Angat Sutradhar (57) committed suicide at Pakoriguri village under Salbari Police in BAKSA district.
Our Response: :
The matter is enquired into and a report is soon to be received from Deputy Commissioner, which will be shared in this space for information. Members of the public have already been notified through different media that they should not pay heed to any rumours being spread by certain vested interest regarding exclusion of names of genuine residents of the state for want of documents. Wide publicity has also been given through print/electronic/social media that people can submit application forms without any linkage certificates/documents, which they can furnish during verification phase as and where required. Genuine citizens of the state need not panic and get provoked even if they fail to collect documents before the closure date for submission of their forms. Adequate opportunity shall be made available to all the citizens to prove their eligibility for inclusion in the updated NRC during verification and also after publication of Draft NRC through receipt and disposal of “Claims & Objections”. Public have also been told repeatedly through our advertisements and field level meetings with the public/community that Legacy Data availability is not essential. Eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC can still be established through other documents. NRC authorities are also enjoined to include in the updated NRC all “original inhabitants of Assam who are Indian citizens”.
The media report says that anomaly occurs in issuance of two legacy data against a single individual in Gosaingaon Sahar, ward no 3 of Kokrajhar district creating confusion in the minds of the people as to which one of the two legacy data code slips is genuine and which is not. The media report also expresses concern about the correctness of NRC updated on the basis of such legacy data.
Our Response: :
People need not be concerned or confused with such things as the system might generate two different Legacy Data Code slips against the same person due to multiple occurrence of the name of the person in the various sources of data such as occurrence of somebody’s name in 1951 NRC, 1952 Electoral Roll, 1961 Electoral Roll, 196 Electoral Roll, 1971 Electoral Roll etc. It may be noted that multiple codes or multiple occurrences do not materially alter the eligibility of any person for inclusion in the updated NRC. Even if an individual gets two such legacy data codes, both are legacy of the same record and as such both are genuine and either of the two could be usedfor NRC purpose. The sanctity and correctness of the updated NRC will not be affected by such things as both the legacy data code will refer to one and the same person identity of whom is ascertainable on the basis of his/her other recorded personal attributes.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 09/07/15
Asomiya Khabar /Amar Asom/The Sentinel/The Assam Tribune reports:
Assam Sahitya Sabha has called for direct inclusion of the names of all original inhabitants of Assam in the NRC. The Sabha will move the Supreme Court on the issue of NRC updating process. The sabha reiterated that they want NRC to be updated as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s directives.
Our Response: :
Rule 3(3) of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, provides for including “original inhabitants of Assam” in the updated NRC. Steps have been taken to ensure that this provision is utilized effectively to include all the original inhabitants of Assam.
Asomiya Khabar/Juga Sankha Reports: Reports have been published that NSKs in Kamrup Metro district are not properly managed. Lots of overcrowding taking place at NSKs, insufficient man-power that might lead to skipping of the deadline for submission of NRC Application Forms etc.
Our Response: : Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro has already been instructed to ensure providing of 86 additional Local Officers as approved by the SCNR (State Coordinator, NRC) immediately to strengthen the statutory officials at these NSKs. Similarly, 60 nos of Additional Operators along with the required hardware i.e laptop, scanner etc have also been deployed in these NSKs. Instructions have been issued to provide preferential treatment to senior citizens at the NSKs.
Asomiya Protidin/Doinik Agradoot Reports:
Some people at Merapani area of Golaghat District are trying to submit NRC Application Forms enclosing fake birth certificates and false certificates in respect of married women with similar names for multiple persons issued from authorities in Nagaland.
Our Response: :
Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat District has been asked to conduct an enquiry into the matter immediately and to take corrective action. The concerned DC is also instructed to take up the matter with his Nagaland counterpart forthwith. All certificates and documents submitted will be verified before considering any person’s inclusion in updated NRC. So no such cases will eventually be benifitted for adopting unlawful means. Any official found guilty of issuing any fake certificate shall be dealt with sternly.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 08/07/15
Asomiya Khobor/Aamar Asom reports:
Allegation levelled against unscrupulous groups (1) at hospitals in Sualkuchi involved in collecting money from public against issuing of birth certificates in Bamundi (Kamrup) (2) for issuing certificates to marriedwomen in Bilasipara (Dhubri).
Instructions have been issued to Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup and Dhubri to enquire into the matter and take necessary action in case report of any such corrupt practice is found to be true. Instructions were earlier been issued toall the Deputy Commissioners to sternly deal with any instance of corrupt practices indulged in by any of the Government functionaries like FLOs, Gaonburhas, Lot-Mandals, GP Secretaries etc. working under their respective districts in course of facilitating issuance of Birth Certificates/married women certificates etc. The members of the public are already notified through “Public Notices” published in various local dailies in different languages to register complaints against Government/private officials, if found indulging in corrupt practices with the concerned Circle Officers/ Deputy Commissioners and/or through NRC helpline number 15107/ Vigilance & Anti Corruption Branch phone number 0361-2462295.
Dainik Jugasankha reports: Shortage of Application Forms; harassment of general public against issuing of certificate for married women; Overcrowding at the NSKs; malfunctioning of NSKs; receipt of Applications outside designated NSK area in Borkhola (Cachar).
Our Response: Deputy Commissioner Cachar has been directed afresh to look into the matter and take corrective steps. Similar instructions are also issued to the Deputy Commissioners of other districts to take corrective action on these issues.
Aamar Asom reports:
1) Lack of instructions in NRC Application Form
2) Lack of Categorization for students against occupational activity status in NRC Application Forms (Lakhimpur)
3) Business in the name of collection of documents by Gaonburha in Barnarddi (Nalbari)
4) Poor infrastructure of NSKs (Bongaigaon/Sibasagar); Irregular supply of electricity hampering the process of Application Receipt at NSKs (Bongaigaon); Overcrowding at NSKs (Bongaigaon); Lack of facilities for senior citizens (Guwahati)
5) Rumours making people fearful (Lakhimpur)
6) Failure of NRC Helpline to provide adequate information to the public (Nalbari)
Our Response: 1) Detailed instructions as to filling up of the form is printed in the body of the NRC Application Form itself at SIDE D. Additional instruction sheets named as “National Register of Citizens Updation Application Form Fill Up Made Easy” elaborating question-wise information to be furnished have also been printed and enclosed along with the NRC Application Form, and distributed house to house. In addition to these, the following measures have been taken to create awareness on overall process of updating of NRC.
a) Multiple rounds Print Advertisements published in as many as 33 local dailies in languages such as – English, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Bodo, Nepali, Karbi on how to collect documents and how to fill up NRC Application Form. A fictitious family of Chandra Sarma is created to demonstrate in series how this family collects all required documents and fill up the NRC Application Form.
b) Electronic Media covering as many as 18 TV/Radio Channels and Cinema Halls on how to collect documents, how to fill up the application form, where to access the video tutorials on application form filling up.
c) Gram Sabha/ward level meetings are conducted across the state where take away leaflets are distributing detailing question-wise form fill up tips, demonstration of filled up form of fictitious Chandra Sarma family. Starting February, 2015, so far over 2,981 Community Level Meetings organised across Assam at GP, Ward level on Application Distribution and Receipt phase reaching out to over 2,22,706 people.
d) On receiving public feedback that the Side C of the Form is not very easy to fill up, we have printed the Side C in bulk as “Practice Sheets” as distributed among public. It is publicized through 33 newspapers across the state that such practice sheets are available at NSKs for any person to collect.
e) Social Media Campaign is launched through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
f) Video Tutorials are prepared in 6 parts. Part 1 gives an introduction to the NRC process. Part 2 details the process of document collection. Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6 respectively details the entire process of filling up Side A, Side B, Side C and Side D of the Application Form with help of the example of an imaginary family of Chandra Sarma. The Videos are played in community meetings, and also made available in the website of NRC, Assam as well as in YouTube. It’s published in the website of NRC, Assam that anybody interested in obtaining a copy of the CD of video tutorials may contact the Office of the State Coordinator. e) All DCs of the state have also been instructed to ensure developing a team of resource personscomprising of school/college teachers, students and line chowkidars and Tea Garden welfare officers from the Tea Garden in filling up the Application Form in order to extend assistance to the illiterate persons or to anybody who needs such assistance.
g) The SPMU Office has set up a help desk in all working days in two shifts so as to impart hands-on training on filling up of both hard copy as well as onlineNRC application form and also to issue legacy data code slips from which the local residents of the city have largely benefitted.
2) There are SIX specified categories under the head occupational activity/profession, against Q.No 4c as given in the footnote below the Application Form in SIDE A. There is another indicative category, called “OTHERS” under Q4c against which, students and any other similar category of applicant can put in their information.
3) The Deputy Commissioners of all 27 districts have been given standing instructions to deal firmly with any of the Government functionaries like FLOs, Gaonburhas, Lot-Mandals, GP Secretaries etc. who indulge in such corrupt practices. Further, all the DCs have also been instructed to report cases of serious nature directly to Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch of the Government of Assam. The members of the public are already notified through “Public Notice” Advertisements in 33 local dailies in different languages to register complaints against Government/private officials, if found indulging in corrupt practices with the concerned Circle Officers/ Deputy Commissioners and/or through NRC helpline number 15107/ Vigilance & Anti Corruption Branch phone number 0361-2462295. Deputy Commissioner Nalbari has been directed to enquire into this matter and take appropriate action against the concerned Gaonburha if found guilty.
4) Most of the NSKs in the rural areas are accommodated in existing Gaon Panchayat Offices. In urban areas, NSKs are set up in Government buildings as available and in rented accommodation. Every NSK is provided with a generator with fuel for uninterrupted power supply so that the application receipt process is carried out smoothly.In NSKs with poor power supply additional generators are also provided. Apart from that, laptops, printers, scanners, office consumables, furniture, fans, two operators, one LRCR, one Local Officer (LO) per NSK in minimum have been provided. Also, additional manpower resources are being deployed in the NSKs wherever necessary.
To avoid overcrowding at NSKs, a mechanism to regulate per day receipt of a reasonable number of Applications Forms was devised in the districts. Moreover, submission of NRC Application Forms online through NRC web-site by the applicants has also been facilitated, through which more and more applicants have successfully submitted their Application Forms onlinewithout any hassles.
Instructions have been issued already to provide out of turn facilities at all the 2,500 NSKs for the senior citizens.
5) All required information connected with updating of NRC including admissible documents as LIST A & B have been notified to the public through Print/Electronic Media rigorously. Members of the public have continuously been urged through Print Media, IEC materials not to pay heed to any kind of rumours with regard to admissibility or otherwise of any of the stipulated documents for inclusion in the updated NRC. They were also requested to bring instances of any rumour mongering/misinformation to the notice of the concerned District Magistrate/SP and to inform NRC authorities by calling at NRC Helpline 15107/ or through NRC Assam web-site. In addition to that, concerned Deputy Commissioners have been directed to take action in such matters to instill confidence and to allay the fears from the minds of the people.
6) The NRC authority has increased the strength of the Call Center from 105 to 180 with additional manpower resources of 75 agents/executives to meet the growing numbers of calls received from the public noticed recently. Soon after Application Receipt phase commenced, the Call Center received as high as 27,000 calls from the public on a single day. Since most of the callers insist on providing them information regarding filling up of each and every column of the NRC Application Form, each conversation continues for as long as 20 minutes, making it difficult to handle timely the heavy load of calls. However, Call Center agents have been briefed suitably and arrangements are also being made to further increase the strength of the agents to cater to the growing needs of the public. It is also worth mentioning here that receipt of on average 20,000 calls every day, and with the number increasing everyday it may also be inferred that the information provided through the NRC Helpline has largely been able to cater to the need of the people and hence the popularity.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 06/07/15
Asomiya Khobor reports:
I) What will be the fate of those Assamese people and people from other states of India, who is settled in Assam for the past few decades but doesn’t have either Legacy Data or any other documents?
II) Reportedly there is another group of people who doesn’t have any documents (Legacy Data & Other admissible documents & linkage documents) to claim proof of eligibility for inclusion in the updated NRC due to miserable circumstances.
(I) Person coming from outside the state and person who are originally inhabitants of Assam and their children or descendants who are citizens of India staying in place other than the state of Assam upto 24th March (midnight). 1971, may apply for inclusion in NRC by giving their particulars against Q. 12 in Side D of the NRC Application Form. However, documents to be submitted by people coming from outside the state are yet to be specified by RGI. As of now, they would not be included in the updated NRC, although Govt of Assam has requested Govt of India to include such categories of persons.
(II) All residents are eligible to apply for inclusion in NRC. However, one’s eligibility will have to be established by adducing any ONE of the 14 admissible documents in LIST A and appropriate linkage document as and where required as stipulated by RGI.
Asomiya Pratidin reports: NRC Updation should be done in a simplified way and not in a complicated way.
Our Response: The updating of NRC process has already been made simplified as far as practicable. The Legacy Data has been made available in all the 2,500 NSKs, at all the notified Polling Stations and in the web-site. A person need not go to his place of origin to obtain his Legacy Data as it can be accessed from anywhere.
Massive media campaign has been carried out to reach out to the people in the form of:-
1) Print Advertisements published in as many as 33 local dailies in languages such as – English, Assamese, Hindi, Bengali, Bodo, Nepali, Karbi.
2) Electronic Media covering as many as 18 TV/Radio Channels and Cinema Halls.
3) Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
4) Dissemination ofinformation in the form of IEC materials like Leaflets, Flipcharts, CDs containing Audio/Video Tutorials with illustration as to how a imaginary family of Shri Chandra Sarma collected, arranged and used documents as necessary to fill up the NRC Application Form for the benefit of the public.
5) All DCs of the state have also been instructed to ensure developing a team of resource persons in order to extend assistance to the people, especially the underprivileged, in filling up the Application Form.
6) This apart, capacity building of School/college teachers, students and line chowkidars and Tea Garden welfare officers from the Tea Garden areas are trained to educate the public at large.
7) Over 8,500 Community Level Meetings have been conducted.
8) The SPMU office has set up a help desk in all working days in two shifts so as to impart training on NRC Updating process as well to help fill up the Application Form, from which the local residents of the city have largely benefitted.
Amar Asom/Dainik Jugasankha reports: Some of the NSKs in Guwahati reportedly starts functioning at 10.45 to 11.00 am and there is no seating arrangements, fans etc. for the public. Our Response: The working hours of the NSKs are scheduled from 10.00 am to 5 pm. NSKs are made well equipped with required number of computers, laptops, scanners and printers including a generator. Provisions for providing minimum facilities at NSKs like fans, seating arrangements are being made.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 05/07/15
Dainik Jugasankha reports: Extension of time for Form submission till NRC 1951 is published for the district of Cachar, as the public is facing difficulties in establishing linkage.
Our Response: For those areas where NRC 1951 is not available, the Electoral Rolls upto 24th March (midnight), 1971 is available. This apart, there are 12 other admissible documents as mentioned in LIST A. Adducing any ONE of the document is sufficient as proof of claim for inclusion. To establish linkage, one is required to adduce any document from LIST B such as – birth certificate, PAN Card, LIC Documents etc. As per schedule, the last date of form submission is 31st July, 2015.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 04/07/15
The Telegraph Northeast reports: Confusion prevails over NRC update of jail inmates in Assam in absence of clear-cut instructions from the state government.
Our Response: The matter is being taken up with RGI for further instructions.
The Telegraph Northeast/ The Times of India/Amar Asom/Asomiya Khobor reports:: Assam’s orphans stare at NRC exclusion
Our Response: For inmates of institutional homes, orphanages, home for mentally and physically handicapped persons, old age homes etc, the head of the institution shall have to apply for inclusion of the names of the inmates of their respective institutions. This information has already been disseminated to the members of the public through various Newspaper advertisements and through distribution of the IEC materials in Community Level Meetings across Assam in addition to publishing it though electronic media such as TV Channels, Radio, web-site and Cinema halls etc.
The Sentinel reports: ABSU seeks NRC Forms in Bodo to be distributed in all Bodo populated districts.
Our Response: NRC Application Forms have been made available in Bodo language in BTC districts viz – Baksa, Chirang, Udalguri and Kokrajhar. Application Forms in Bodo language are also available for download in the web-site.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 03/07/15
Asomiya Khabar Reports: FLOs at South Salmara demand money for NRC Application Forms.
Our Response: Massive campaign in Print media as much as in 33 local dailies published in English, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Bodo, Karbi , Nepali languages and also in Electronic media as much as in 18 TV & Radio channels including cinema halls across the State have been launched for disseminating information to general public to the effect that NRC Application Forms are supplied to the people free of cost, that people can use photocopies of blank application forms and also can use forms downloaded from NRC website. All the Deputy Commissioners (DRCRs) have also been instructed to sternly deal with any instances of corrupt practices indulged in by any of the Government functionaries like FLOs, Gaonburhas, Lot-Mandals, GP Secretaries etc. working under their respective districts including reporting cases of serious nature directly to Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch of the Government of Assam. The members of the public are already notified through “Public Not ice” Advertisements in 33 local dailies in different languages to register complaints against Government/private officials, if found indulging in corrupt practices with the concerned Circle Officers/ Deputy Commissioners and/or through NRC helpline number 15107/ Vigilance & Anti Corruption Branch phone number 0361-2462295.
Amar Asom reports: Irregularities in NRC works, collection of money for NRC application forms/ certificates.
Our Response: The members of the public have already been notified that they are entitled to get forms/certificates free of cost and also to register complaints with the concerned CO/DCs against any Government/private functionaries indulging in corrupt practices/irregularities, while distributing forms/issuing certificates etc. to the public. The NRC works are going on smoothly and people across the state have submitted over 3, 83,000 duly filled in NRC Application Forms both offline and online
Dainik Jugasankha reports: Dearth of workers, problems with computers for which submission of NRC application forms will be impossible within 31st July, 2015.
Our Response: A large number of manpower are directly working in the process of receipt of NRC Application Forms at 2,500 NSKs across the State and accordingly have deployed 5,000 operators, 5,000 laptop computers and Scanner-cum-Printers (at the rate of 2 operators, 2 laptop computers and 2 Scanner-cum-Printers per NSK). Moreover, there are additional manpower in the form of Local Officers deployed by Government to assist the 2,500 Local registrars of Citizen Registration (LRCRs) in the process of receipt of application forms. Additional resources will be deployed as and where required to receive NRC application forms within the stipulated time.
Dainik Agradoot Reports:
1)GaonBurah, GP Secretary allegedly collecting money for issuing certificates/ documents to the public.
2) People are harassed by LRCR office/NSK during submission of forms.
3) Legacy data of Dharmapur LAC not available in Web-site.
4) DC Nagaon is indifferent to the problems faced by the public with regard to filling up of NRC forms/ unscrupulous elements and touts collecting money from helpless and ignorant persons in the name of providing documents and service etc. in connection with Updation of NRC.
5)Rumours are spread that Ration Card, Bank A/Cs, LIC etc. documents are not acceptable and even people will be shot dead if legacy/linkage cannot be furnished.
Our Response: (1) Massive campaign in Print media as much as in 33 local dailies published in English, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Bodo, Karbi , Nepali languages and also in Electronic media / TV channels including cinema halls across the state have been launched for disseminating information to general public to the effect that NRC Application Forms are supplied to the people free of cost, that people can use photocopies of blank application forms and also can use forms downloaded from NRC web-site. All the Deputy Commissioners (DRCRs) have also been instructed to sternly deal with any instances of corrupt practices indulged in by any of the Government functionaries like FLOs, Gaonburhas, Lot- Mandals, GP Secretaries etc working under their respective Districts including reporting cases of serious nature directly to Vigilance and Anti Corruption Branch of the Government of Assam. The members of the public are already notified through “Public Notice” Advertisements in 33 local dailies in different languages to register complaints against Government/private officials, if found indulging incorrupt practices with the concerned Circle Officers/ Deputy Commissioners and/or through NRC helpline phone number 15107/ Vigilance & Anti Corruption Branch phone number 0361-2462295.
2. Comprehensive instructions and detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for receipt process have already been sent to the DCs for implementation. Detailed training modules/take away IEC materials were also provided to all the DRCRs for use of the LRCRs working under all the DCs (DRCRs). Rigorous public awareness and sensitization campaigns through print and electronic media with regard to each and every phase of the NRC Updation process so far have also been launched for the benefit of the Field Level functionaries as well as for the community. Members of the public have also been urged to submit NRC Application Forms online as far as practicable sitting at home.
3. The Legacy data as available have been published and made available in all the NSKs and also in the NRC web-site. Even if one’s own name or name of his / her parents or ancestors are not found in legacy data, he or she can still apply for inclusion in NRC by providing any of the other 12 admissible documents enlisted in List A.
4. All DCs (DRCRs) are statutory authorities for updating NRC in their respective districts. The detailed instructions as to their role, responsibilities and functions in relation to updating of NRC Assam have been issued to them from time to time. Hon’ble CM, Assam has directed for issue of instructions to all DCs and field functionaries of Revenue & Disaster Management Department, Education Department to providing support to ongoing process of NRC Updation taken up by the Government of India. .
5. Members of the public have already been sensitized through advertisements in print media/ Community level meetings that adequate opportunity will be given to them for proving their eligibility for inclusion in the updated NRC. Whenever application for inclusion in updated NRC, 1951 of any person is likely to be rejected, the matter will be sent to the Deputy Commissioner with intimation to the said person before the same is published in draft NRC. This will give enough time and opportunity to the person to collect all documents or build up his case in the best possible manner to file his case as “claim” after publication of Draft NRC. It may be noted that opportunity would also be available at the time of draft publication wherein claims for inclusion in updated NRC, 1951 can be submitted. It is re-iterated that not a single genuine Indian citizen who is eligible for inclusion in the updated NRC, 1951 shall be left out. Enough opportunity shall be provided to each and every person to establish his/ her case. Public is requested not to pay heed to rumour mongers and also to bring any such instances wherever taking place to the notice of the concerned District Magistrate/SP. The Deputy Commissioners have also been instructed to convey this message in amongst the public and to take stern action against such persons indulging in mischief and rumour mongering.
RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORTS- DATED 02/07/15
Asomiya Pratidin reports: Employees engaged for NRC works in Darrang/Udalguri/Dhing etc, places are on strike demanding enhancement of remuneration.
Our Response: The issue has already been taken up with WIPRO, with whom the employees are in contractual agreement. The issue is reportedly resolved amicably between the two parties and NRC works continue unhampered.
Pratidin Reports: People belonging to Tea Community be included all and sundry as demanded by AATSA. Sent Memorandum to His Excellency, the Governor of Assam.
Our Response: AATSA’s memorandum on this issue has already been sent to RGI with recommendation for relaxed requirements for their inclusion. Already about 89.5% of the people in tea garden areas have got names of their ancestors (or themselves) in the 1951 NRC or Electoral Rolls published upto 24thMarch (Midnight), 1971 (usually referred to as Legacy Data). It is hoped that the Tea tribe people will be able to get their names included in the NRC without any difficulty.
Sentinel Reports: ABSU calls for 36 hour hunger strike demanding NRC Forms in Bodo
Our Response: As per reference made to RGI for consideration immediately after receipt of the ABSU’s demand, RGI has accepted the proposal for printing NRC Application Forms in Bodo, which will be made available shortly. The issue now stands resolved.
Amar Asom Reports: People coming from other States are to apply for inclusion giving residential proof in places other than Assam prior to 1971.
Our Response: All residents are eligible to apply for inclusion. State Government has already taken up this issue with RGI and MHA for inclusion of Indian citizens coming from other states and a decision is expected soon. However, the matter of their inclusion and in case, such inclusion is accepted, the documents to be submitted for such inclusion are yet to be specified by RGI.