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  • People queue up to check their names in final NRC list at Bhojkhowa in Tezpur on Saturday. Photo: UB Photos
    People queue up to check their names in final NRC list at Bhojkhowa in Tezpur on Saturday. Photo: UB Photos

The process of NRC Update was started in the state of Assam as per order of the Supreme Court of India in 2013. Since then, the Apex Court has been closely monitoring the entire process. The process of NRC update in Assam differs from the rest of the country and is governed by Rule 4A and the corresponding Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. These rules have been framed as per the cut-off date of 24 th March (Midnight), 1971 decided as per Assam Accord.

The process of receipt of NRC Application Forms started during the end of May 2015 and ended on 31 st August 2015. A total of 3,30,27,661 members applied through 68,37,660 applications. The particulars submitted by the applicants were taken up for scrutiny to determine eligibility of their inclusion in NRC. The exercise of NRC Update is a mammoth exercise involving around 52,000 State Government officials working for a prolonged period. All decisions of inclusion and exclusion are taken by these statutory officers. The entire process of NRC update has been meticulously carried out in an objective and transparent manner. Adequate opportunity of being heard has been given to all persons at every stage of the process. The entire process is conducted as per statutory provisions and due procedure followed at every stage.

As per Orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, Draft NRC (Complete Draft) was published on 30 th July, 2018 wherein 2,89,83,677 numbers of persons were found eligible for inclusion. Thereafter, Claims were received from 36,26,630 numbers of persons against exclusions. Verification was also carried out of persons included in Draft NRC under Clause 4(3) of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. Objections were received against inclusion of 1,87,633 persons whose names had appeared in Complete Draft. Another Additional Draft Exclusions List was published on 26 th June, 2019 wherein 1,02,462 persons were excluded. Taking into account all the persons already included and after disposal of all Claims and Objections and proceedings under Clause 4(3), it has been found that a total of 3,11,21,004 numbers of persons are found eligible for inclusion in Final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 numbers of persons including those who did not submit Claims.

From 10 AM of today (31 August 2019) onward, the hard copies of the Supplementary List of Inclusions will be available for public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the Deputy Commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours. The status of both inclusion and exclusion can be viewed online in the NRC website (www.nrcassam.nic.in).

Any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections can file appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals.

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NE industrial units get Rs 541 cr

2 Apr 2008 - 2:02am | editor
The Centre has released Rs.541 crore for the industrialisation in the North East. According to information, an amount of Rs.766 crore have been released up to 31st of March this year, of which Rs.541 crore have been released on 29 the March this year for industrial units to clear the backlog and speed up the industrialisation in the region.

According to information, with the announcement of Transport Subsidy Scheme, the industrialization in these States/UTs did get an impetus but the pace was quite slow. Ever since the inception of the Scheme till 2004, only Rs.507.61 crore were released in 31 years for the region.

In order to promote industrialization in the remote, hilly and inaccessible areas, the Central Government introduced the Transport Subsidy Scheme (TSS) on 23.7.1971. This Scheme is presently applicable to fourteen States/Union Territories including eight north eastern states. The Scheme provides for subsidy upto 90% of the cost incurred on transportation of raw material and finished goods, for a maximum period of 5 years.

Brahmaputra Campaign competitions

26 Dec 2017 - 12:08pm | AT News

A silent effort called Brahmaputra Campaign is underway for sensitizing on clean and creative riverbank environment, by volunteers’ association Jeevan Initiative. As part of this, various competitions are being organized for the residents of Assam. Entries for photography, video, poster design, sculpture, street-play on the theme of the Brahmaputra and the riverbanks may be submitted at Basic Plus book store, Opposite New Arts Building, Cotton University, Guwahati-1, or jeevan.initiative@gmail.com by December 27. Besides dance based on Brahmaputra or its tributaries, instrumental music, folk song, mono and duet acting, unplugged music competitions will be held at the 7th Jeevan Kite & River Festival from January 4 to 8 at the riverside behind Sonaram Field, Guwahati. There will also be an open talentbox for showcasing any other talent. Most contests are open for all, while a few have a separate section for kids upto class VIII. For the final state-level competitions of art and quiz, four zonal qualifying contests are being organized at Bajali College on December 23, Sonari College on December 24, Nagaon College on December 28, and Guwahati on January 5. For this, interested participants may contact 7086220180 (Barpeta), 9954439461 (Sonari), 9706182044 (Nagaon), 9706828579 (Guwahati). Registration for any of the contests can be done at www.jeevanmagazine.com.

PPFA welcomes HC directive on war memorial

2 Apr 2016 - 11:11pm | AT News

Patriotic People’s Front Assam [PPFA] welcomed the verdict of Gauhati High Court in clearing all hurdles to complete the proposed war [martyr’s] memorial on the north bank of historic Dighalipukhuri in the heart of the city.

The Gauhati high court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation [PIL] to permanently halt the construction of the war memorial on the bank of the ancient tank arguing that the construction activities would affect the ecology of the pond and also destroy its link between present and the past history.

The court in its order said that the proposed memorial would not only ‘inspire the children and youths of Assam to join the armed forces’ but also inculcate in them respect for the members of armed forces who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

One of the respondent parties, Sainik Welfare Board of Assam, stated in an affidavit to the court that the construction of war memorial started on the government land outside the area of Dighalipukhuri [literary meaning long pond]. It also promised that no construction activity would be carried out in the water body of the 4.5-hectare tank.

The division bench of Chief Justice Ajit Singh and Justice Manojit Bhuyan also observed that the respondents including the State government assured that there would be no construction activity in the water body of Dighalipukhuri and the pond would be preserved and protected from any encroachment.

It may be mentioned that a group Guwahati intellectuals knocked the door of HC through a PIL two months back challenging the construction, following which the court directed to maintain status quo on any construction activities around Dighalipukhuri.

Amazingly the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) also came out with a statement that it would not allow any war memorial in Assam, as it would only glorify the Indian armed forces. The armed outfit claimed that New Delhi was ‘forcefully invading Assam’ and hence it would continue opposing the project. Initiated by Sainik Welfare Board of Assam, the war memorial was financed by Assam government and its foundation stone was laid on 18 May last year by State chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Acclaimed Assamese sculptor Biren Singha designed the statues and other artifacts for the 100 million budget project.

“We are happy that the honourable court has paved the way for the completion of war martyr’s memorial, which we believe will surly inspire the present and future generation to remember the heroism and sacrifice of our great martyrs,” said a statement issued by Rupam Barua, Nava Thakuria, Pramod Kalita, Anup Sharma, Girindra Karji, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Pankaj Duarah, Tarali Chakrabarty of PPFA adding that many civil society groups supported the construction of war memorial and finally their stand was vindicated by the court.