The names of retired Indian Army constable’s family from Baksa district, did not figure in the final list of the National Register of Citizens(NRC).
The 11th Gorkha Rifles constable, an infantry regiment of the Indian Army– Man Bahadur Limbu’s grandson Yaktangba Limbu and Nihangkhu Limbu were excluded from the NRC list which was published on August 31st, 2019 by the Assam government.
Limbu who originally hailed from Nikashi village of the district retired from the force in 1982 and was awarded the Sena Medal during his service period.
“Despite working for the safeguard of the country for so many years his own family’s name was not enlisted in the final citizenship list. It is a shame for us. NRC has been a harassment for the family, ” said daughter of Limbu.
It may be mentioned that the Assam government on August 31st, 2019 officially released the final National Register of Citizens(NRC) list where names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible for inclusion leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit claims.
On the other hand in Assam’s Cachar district a retired Central Reserve Police Force(CRPF) official’s family’s name did not figure in the NRC final list. The former Indian soldier Bhupen Chandra Paul has three children. Names of two of his children—Kanti Paul and Jhuma Paul were excluded from the final list.
Resident of Masimpur Grant village in Silchar Tehsil of Cachar district, he had joined the forces in 1968. Post the publication of the final NRC, Paul has expressed dissatisfaction with the NRC updation process.
“I am born and brought up in Assam and worked rigorously for the country. It is clear that the updation process has a lot of anomalies as my elder son’s name is enlisted in NRC while two others were excluded, ” said an irked Bhupen Chandra Paul.
“The officials on NRC duty have neglected their duty. At this age now i have to keep on visiting courts to prove that my family is Indian. The entire process has been a harassment both financially and mentally, “, he added.
Post the publication of the final list of NRC, along with Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma a host of the lawmakers have demanded for re-verification of the documents.
The process of NRC Update was started in Assam as per the 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 March 24th,(Midnight), 1971 decided as per Assam Accord.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently amended three provisions under ‘The Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964’. The new order has been renamed as the ‘Foreigners (Tribunals) (Second Amendment) Order, 2019’.
The three provisions are–the Foreigners Tribunals (FT) orders must specify whether the applicant is Indian, whether the applicant is eligible for NRC and if any of the exlcuded persons from the final NRC does not make an appeal to the FTs, then the respective District Magistrates may refer the cases to the FTs for their opinions regarding such cases.
Inputs: Bidhan Sen