Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma: 1528 crore Spent on Updating NRC

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma on Monday said that Rs.1527.90 crore has been spent so far for updating the National Register of Citizens(NRC), an official record of bonafide Indian citizens living in the state.

The Chief Minister mentioned that the Register Basic of India (RGI) is yet to inform the final NRC revealed on August 31, 2019, replying to a query of Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purakayastha in a meeting,

The NRC, updated under the supervision of the Supreme Court, left out more than 19 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants.

The chief minister said that the rejection of issuance slip to those who are left out of the final register falls under the purview of the Register Basic of India (RGI) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) State Coordinator.

The Chief Minister also added that the state government had filed a petition for 20 percent re-verification in the border districts and 10 percent in the others but the Supreme Court did not consider it, as the former NRC State Coordinator had submitted that 27 percent verification is already done.

A question was raised by the AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam on the biometric data taken during the claims and objection process of NRC updating, Sharma replied that it was taken for linking with Aadhar Cards.

He also added to this, “the matter is pending with the Supreme Court and the Aadhar Card is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The department concerned can only issue it following the Supreme Court’s directives and the notification of the final NRC”.

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