NRC will be waste paper if clause VI of Assam Accord is not implemented: Justice Sharma

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HT Correspondent

NEW DELHI, June 28:While demanding an error-free and transparent National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Sachetan Nagarik Mancha (SNM) Friday said the updating works should be based on the Clause VI of the historic Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985. SNM will submit a memorandum with signatures of 25 lakh people of the state to President Ram Nath Kovind at 11 am on Saturday ahead of the publication of the most awaited NRC slated on July 31.

“The NRC will be a wastepaper if the clause VI of Assam Accord is not implemented, an error-free NRC is the demand of all section of the people of Assam. We would like to thank the Supreme Court of India for its role in the whole procedure. But there is somewhere a doubt in the minds of the people since many anomalies have been reported in recent times,” retired justice of Supreme Court Mukundkam Sharma said addressing a seminar Constitution Club of Delhi here Friday.

Sharma emphasized that March 25, 1971 should be the cut-off date for all foreign nationals in the NRC according to the clauses of the Assam Accord.

“We hope that all Indians should get included in the NRC and not a single illegal migrant should get included in the NRC,” lawyer Bijan Mahajan said adding. “The final NRC will be a death trap if a single foreigner gets included in the NRC and that is what every person in Assam has in mind.”

“Assam wants a transparent NRC. The NRC is being updated in the State in accordance with the Citizenship Rule, 2003. NRC update is yet to start in other States of the country. Rule 4 of the Citizenship Rule, 2003 says that if NRC is updated in other States in the country it will be started only after door-to-door enumeration of families. However, in Assam Rule 4(A) of the Citizenship Rule, 2003 is being followed. According to this Rule, applications for enrolment in the NRC have been invited from all residents of the State,” Mahajan said.

Former principal of Pragjyotis college Dr Dayanand Pathak also spoke in the seminar where hundreds of Assamese people living in the national capital took part. The seminar was presided over by SNM Chandan Bhattacharya.

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