Large number of foreigners included in NRC list: Former NRC State Coordinator

Former State Coordinator of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) Hitesh Dev Sarma claimed on Saturday that a large number of names of illegal foreign citizens were on the latest NRC list released on August 31, 2019.

“There have been a lot of mistakes and wrong entries in the NRC. A lot of foreigners have been listed in the NRC,” said Hitesh Dev Sarma.

Speaking to ANI, Sarma claimed that many people’s names had been listed in the NRC as the original inhabitants of Assam, but they actually are not.

Sarma, who was appointed state coordinator of the NRC in November 2019, also appealed to the Supreme Court for a re-check.

“I had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court citing all the anomalies that were rampant during the NRC update exercise. A large number of people’s names were listed in the NRC as the original inhabitants of Assam, but they are not actually.During the re-verification, around 20 lakh out of 24 lakh were re-verified and 13 lakh were entered into the NRC database whose document verification result does not wasn’t real,” added Hitesh Dev Sarma.

He also said that the list published on August 31, 2019 was only a supplemental list.

“No third parties monitored during the NRC update exercise. The Supreme Court monitored the system, but it was only through Prateek Hajela (former NRC State Coordinator). executor and supervising authority are the same, you can’t find a good result.The central government and the state government have been kept out of the whole system by the Supreme Court and they have been told asked not to interfere in the process. The list published on August 31, 2019 was in fact an additional exclusion and inclusion list of the NRC, “added Sarma.

He further said that the Assam government’s call for a 20% re-verification in border areas and 10% in other districts was rejected by the Supreme Court. The state government has yet to file an affidavit requesting re-verification.

Previously, he had filed two FIRs against former NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela – one for procedural errors in the process and another for financial irregularities.

Notably, the NRC list was released on August 31, 2019 and more than 19.06 lakhs were excluded from the list due to lack of documents establishing their Indian citizenship.

Hitesh Dev Sarma, then NRC State Coordinator, had submitted the affidavit on December 3, 2020 in Gauhati High Court and said that the final NRC has yet to be issued by the Registrar General of India ( RGI) pursuant to Rule 7 of the Rules under the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issuance of National Identity Cards) Rules 2003 and the RGI is silent on the final publication of the NRC.

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