NRC left out many refugees from Bangladesh prior to 1971: Himanta

Himanta Biswa Sarma, refugees, NRC
Himanta Biswa Sarma alleged that the legacy data were manipulated for including names of doubtful persons as alleged by many (PTI File)

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday (August 31) said that the final version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) did not contain names of many person coming to India from Bangladesh before 1971, the cut off period for updation.

In a series of Tweets, the senior leader of the ruling BJP also alleged that the legacy data were manipulated for including names of doubtful persons as alleged by many.

“Names of many Indian citizens who migrated from Bangladesh as refugees prior to 1971 have not been included in the NRC because the authorities refused to accept refugee certificates,” Sarma said in the micro blogging site. “Many names got included because of manipulation of legacy data as alleged by many.”


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Sarma, the Convenor of the NDA’s North East wing NEDA, further said that the Supreme Court should allow at least 20 per cent re-verification of the names in border districts and
10 per cent in the rest of Assam as requested by the state and central governments earlier.

“I reiterate that as requested by central and state governments at least 20% reverification (bordering districts) and 10% re-verification (remaining districts) should be allowed by Honble Apex court for a correct and fair NRC,” he tweeted.

Both the governments had appealed to the top court twice for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh, and exclusions
in the NRC.

The apex court in strong words earlier this month said that the entire NRC exercise cannot be ordered to be re-opened on the basis of certain parameters.

The final NRC was published on Saturday by excluding 19,06,657 persons. A total of 3,11,21,004 names were included out of 3,30,27,661 applicants.