Assam: Nod to SC’s call to grant Aadhaar cards to NRC ‘rejects’ | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: Twenty-seven organizations in Assam on Thursday agreed with the state government to appeal to the Supreme Court to grant Aadhaar cards to people, whose names are missing from the NRC.
The Assam government has decided to sue the Center over the issue of not issuing Aadhaar cards to “many eligible individuals” whose biometric details remain locked since the NRC update process. About 19 lakh names were left out from the final draft released in 2019 and they are yet to receive their Aadhaar cards.
Assam Accord Implementation Minister Atul Bora said Aadhaar is not a certificate of citizenship. “Even after getting an Aadhaar card, if someone’s name is removed from the NRC’s final lists, those people’s names will also be removed from Aadhaar,” Bora said. A total of 27 lakh people in Assam have yet to get an Aadhar card.
“Even some of those whose names are in the NRC who are indigenous don’t have Aadhaar cards. These people were deprived of free rice given as rations and government housing program due to lack of Aadhaar cards. That is why every organization has agreed that the Aadhaar card should be given to everyone,” said Minister Pijush Hazarika. “We cannot say that someone whose name is missing in the NRC should not get an Aadhaar card,” Hazarika added.
The state government is seeking to re-verify the NRC’s final draft and has decided to approach the Supreme Court for a re-verification. “We have clearly stated that every native should get an Aadhaar card, but suspicious citizens should not get it,” said Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad Secretary General Palash Changmai.
Regarding the re-verification of the NRC, he said that the AJYCP agreed with the government. “The government should give an affidavit to the Supreme Court that it will be able to complete the re-verification within a stipulated time,” he added.
Assam Public Works has also urged the state government to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court, asking for 100% re-verification of the names of NRC entries in 22 of Assam’s 33 districts. “NRC re-verification is not required in all of Assam. It is required in Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Chirang, South Salmara Mankachar, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Darrang, Udalguri, Sonitpur , Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts,” said APW Chairman Aabhijeet Sharma. He said APW wanted Aadhaar cards for all residents of the state.
The All Assam Students’ Union also advocates re-verification of the NRC, through which the student body believes that the published NRC can be freed from illegal Bangladeshis.
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