19 lakh NRC left out may have to wait till Nov for reason

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From Sept 27, final NRC database to be matched with speaking orders, work of scanning of speaking orders to begin on Oct 11

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 20: The window period of 120 days for the 19 lakh people excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) to appeal in the foreigners tribunals might only start in November since authorities would need that much time to get speaking orders ready detailing the cause of every person’s exclusion. It is only after these orders are sent out to the excluded people, can they start filing their petitions at foreigners tribunals.

In a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) instruction letter issued by state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to NRC officials, copy of which is available with us, a deadline of October 30 has been specified to complete the process of speaking order writing as per the final NRC and scanning of all relevant documents that needs to be ready before the speaking order is released.

In the letter, dated September 18, Hajela has stated that since that day, the final NRC details of every circle will be uploaded in the NRC master database through File Transfer Protocol (FTP). A timeline has also been specified.

From September 27, the final NRC database with be matched with the speaking orders. The work of scanning of speaking orders will begin October 11. Between October 25 and 30, scanning of additional documents and statements will take place.

“Scanning of speaking orders will start from September 23. A separate software application called DO Speaking Order Scanning Software (DOSpOS) will be rolled out for this purpose in all NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs) / Circle laptops. The district may decide if they want to undertake scanning process in at NSKs or centrally at offices of CRCRs or at FTVCs, depending on availability of uninterrupted electricity availability, reliable connections including earthing etc. Everyday minimum 10 speaking orders scanned per DO will be quality checked for ensuring matching of final NRC with speaking order, the ARN, result and reason of result are correctly recorded in speaking order, quality of scanning is good and legibility/readability is high, to ensure no mixing of ARNs, complete pages of speaking orders are scanned etc. Data from the quality checked format will be entered in spreadsheet and daily dashboard will be shared for monitoring progress,” the order said.

NRC authorities have also added that the focus will be on quality check on whether proper data are being reflected in the speaking orders or not. Caution has also been issued that if there is any updation of data or any correction required, it needs to be listed separately for necessary action. The implementation of the citizens’ list in Assam – which left out 19 lakh people – has been widely criticised owing to the omissions. Those failing to prove their citizenship before the tribunals will be sent to detention camps, the first of which is being constructed in Assam’s Goalpara, about 150 km from Guwahati. The excluded people can file their petitions at the Foreigners Tribunal after receiving the notice of cause for exclusion. A total of 100 Foreigners Tribunals are now functioning in the state and additional 200 new Foreigners Tribunals are likely to be set up shortly.

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