Kolkata, October 14
As many as 10,000 names will be deleted from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam as many “ineligible persons” and their descendants were included in the list, according to a directive issued by its state coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma and officials.
On Tuesday, Sarma wrote to all Deputy Commissioners and the District Registrar of Citizen Registration (DRCR), directing them to issue speaking orders for the deletion of such names.
Sarma, who was handpicked by the BJP government as the state NRC coordinator ignoring protests by Congress MP Abdul Khaleque, directed the district officials to issue orders for deletion of names after “specifically ascertaining the identity of the person”.
According to Sarma, the DCs and District Registrar of Citizen Registration had told him that some names of ineligible persons belonging to the categories of DF (declared foreigners)/DV (‘D’ voters)/PFT (pending in foreigners tribunals) along with their descendants had found entry to the NRC.
Explaining the rule and some other relevant clauses, Sarma pointed out that the authorities concerned could verify and include or exclude any name at any time before the publication of the final NRC.Though the final National Register of Citizens for Assam was made public in August last year, it is yet to be notified by the Registrar General of India, leaving the historic and controversial document without any official validity.
“You are, therefore, requested to submit the list of such persons who are not eligible for having their names in the NRC along with speaking order justifying reasons for each cases for necessary action for deletion of such names,” Sarma said in the letter.
Though the letter did not mention how many people will be excluded, those in the know of the development said around 10,000 people had been identified whose names were “wrongly included” in the final NRC and would now be excluded. — TNS/Agencies