No requirement for NRC in Tripura
By Our Correspondent, 09/08/2018, Agartala

Going by the demography of Tripura, I don’t think there is a huge requirement. Assam’s demography has changed. NRC revision was done in Assam as per the Assam Accord. But in Tripura there is no Assam Accord and neither any way to generate any legacy document,” Himanta Biswa Sharma said today.  NRC list was not an issue yet and claimed the entire country “ideally should have a citizenship register”.

Sarma also said the NRC had drawn unwarranted attention due to the number of people (about 40 lakh) excluded from the final draft list, which was published on July 30.“I don’t feel there is any issue with NRC now.  The procedure to file claims and objections will soon start,” Sarma told reporters .

The Assam minister, often regarded as the second-most influential person in the Cabinet after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, categorically said the number of people excluded from the draft list would come down “drastically” after the filing of claims and objections.Stating that it would be premature to conclude that if the NRC process was a success or not, Sarma said only 40 per cent of the work was done.

“It is not proper to come to a conclusion regarding the NRC exercise in Assam. It is just a draft. In the NRC, names of many people are not there (40.07 lakh). So, a lot of attention has been created. This number will drastically change after the claims and objections are filed,” he said.