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Assam rights body writes to PM on non-NRC citizens’ plight

Shillong, Sept 2: The Assam-based Citizens’ Rights Protection Co-ordination Committee (CRPCC) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the harassment that the citizens excluded in the NRC list are facing.

In a letter dated August 31, the committee said the citizens, who were excluded in the final NRC list published on August 31, 2019, face a harrowing time in getting important documents birth or caste certificates. Also, their biometric information data were rejected when they went to get Aadhaar.


The committee also flagged the delay in issuing ‘rejection slips’ to the 1.9 million affected citizens citing the reason for rejection. “But it is surprising that even after two years of publication of final draft, the process of issuance of ‘rejection slips’ has not started,” said Sadhan Purkayastha, co-chairman of CRPCC.

Referring to a Supreme Court order post publication of the NRC list, CRPCC pointed out that those excluded in the list should not be discriminated against and their civil rights should be upheld.

The committee sought the Prime Minister’s intervention in resolving the complications arising during issuance of unique identification numbers and documents like birth and caste certificates.

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