FORMER CM TARUN GOGOI URGES CJI TO REVIEW NRC UPDATE EXERCISE
GUWAHATI: 07 AUGUST 2019
Former Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi during whose tenure the decision to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was taken in 2005 and later started in 2013, on Friday wrote to Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, and urged him to review the entire exercise to update the citizenship register.
Gogoi in his letter also said the NRC update exercise has been faulty and it has been rejected by almost all political parties.
The former chief minister further said that there is resentment in every nook and corner of the state from all sections of the people of Assam irrespective of their caste, creed and religion after publication of the final NRC.
“I am also convinced today that the NRC authority headed by Sri Prateek Hajela, IAS, State Co-ordinator has not discharged his duty and responsibility efficiently and effectively as per your direction although more than 50,000 Govt. officials were engaged and approx. Rs 1200 Cr was spent along with time and energy at the cost of developmental works of the state,” Gogoi wrote.
He further stated that the final NRC list has been rejected by almost all the political parties, social organisations, intellectuals and various youth organizations of the state.
“Now the question arises about the fate of lakhs of people who were left out of the NRC final list and were asked to move to the Foreigners’ Tribunal to prove their citizenship and undergo all sorts of difficulties and hardships by dragging them to the courts not because of their faults but due to the callousness and inefficiency of the NRC implementing authority,” he added.
He further wrote that even the Army, Police personnel, family members of freedom fighters, MLAs, ex-MLAs and family members of former President of India, Late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and thousands of other people who have all the necessary documents, including an Indian passport, have been left out.
“My humble submission before you as you are the Head of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India is to see that the genuine Indian citizens are not deprived of their dignity and right to life and liberty as enshrined in the Indian Constitution. The present situation is undoubtedly grave and unprecedented. In this situation, the people of Assam are looking forward to your kind intervention by reviewing the whole issue so that justice is given to them,” Gogoi wrote.