Assam CM Sonowal directs officials to update National Register of Citizens

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a high level meeting on Sunday with Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police from districts in north bank of Brahmaputra, Central Assam and Upper Assam to fast track updating of National Register of Citizens forthwith.

According to an official release, Sonowal asked the DCs and SPs of 12 districts to expedite the process for updating of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and to complete the entire process within the stipulated time frame.

"It's our national commitment that we would complete the NRC updating within a stipulated time frame. Towards this end, all out efforts must be made to complete the process within the stipulated time frame and there should not be any cause for delay," Sonowal, who led the BJP coming to power in Assam assembly polls, added.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. File photo. PTI

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. File photo. PTI

The Chief Minister directed the DCs to devote at least two hours every day in the NRC updating exercise apart from other duties.

"I am aware that you have other responsibilities. But take time out of your schedule and devote at least two hours for the NRC updating exercise so that it can be completed within the set time frame," he added.

Sonowal also urged the DCs and SPs to create an awareness campaign within a week in their respective districts involving the students' organisations, NGOs, civil societies and literary organisations in the NRC updating work.

"We must seek the help and cooperation from all concerned to ensure completion of the NRC updating exercise smoothly without any hiccups," he added.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to take all possible measures to ensure a flawless NRC free from the names of foreigners, but ensure that no genuine Indian citizens are left out during the updating exercise and that they are not subjected to any harassment in the name of detection of foreigners.

Sonowal assured the DCs that the Government would provide all possible help and assistance to take the NRC updating work to its logical conclusion.

The meeting also discussed in detail on the need to strengthen the Foreigners’ Tribunals to make the process of detection of illegal migrants speedier.

Sonowal also urged the SPs to gear up the drive against illicit drugs racket and to take deterrent action against those involved in it.

"A sustained and all out drive should be made against illicit drugs racket and punitive action must be taken against the perpetrators, as we cannot allow the young generation to fall prey to it," he added.

The Chief Minister also discussed threadbare about the preparedness to meet any exigency in case of flood and other disasters like earthquake and landslide.

He asked the DCs to make all preparations vis-a-vis sufficient stock of food grains, medicine, clean drinking water, fodder stock and to keep country boats ready for relief and rescue operations in view of the monsoons lashing the state early.

The high-level meeting was attended by Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, DGP Mukesh Sahay, Home Commissioner LS Changsan, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela and senior civil and police officials.

Updated Date: May 30, 2016 08:23 AM

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