NRC: Names of people who submitted documents in Hindi missing

Staff engaged in verification of the documents could not read them as they knew only Assamese and Bangla

Guwahati: The National Citizens Register (NRC) does not contain the names of lakhs of people, who had submitted required documents but the papers were in Hindi. The staff engaged in verification of the papers could not read them as they knew only Assamese and Bangla. This has created lot of problems for the people who migrated to Assam from Bihar, UP and Rajasthan after 1971.

Mistake possible but it would be rectified

NRC Assam coordinator Prateek Hajela said some mistakes in the entire process are possible but they would be rectified. Those whose names are missing include the family of former President late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed. The family resides in Guwahati’s Fancy Bazar area.

According to a survey report, people migrating from Hindi-speaking states like UP, Bihar etc had submitted their papers but they were in Hindi and the staff could not understand them.

Family living  in Assam for 100 years

In Jorhat, businessman Gajendra Jain said his family has been residing in Assam for the last 100 years. He said his ancestors belonged to Rajasthan but now he has no connection with that place. He said he submitted all documents but his name is missing.

Officials of home states careless

Santosh Vaid, who lives in Guwahati, said officials of UP, Bihar and Rajasthan also acted carelessly in issuing and papers to the people belonging to their respective states. ‘I went to Bihar’s Purnia to bring the copy of old voter list but could not locate the booth where the names of senior members of my family are registered’, he said.

Employees demanded bribe

Nutan Pandey’s husband has been working at Digboi Refinery for the last 37 years. But his family’s name is not in the list. Nutan said she gave a receipt of her father’s land which dated back to 1970 but employees demanded bribe for including the name.

Why names of Army jawans missing?

Congress has asked why the name of an Army jawans who served nation for three decades is missing from the list.

Meanwhile Home Minister Rajnath Singh said this is only the final draft and not the final NRC. He said no discrimination would be done against anyone.

(Story: Ravishankar Ravi)

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