NRC : Assam CM appeals to the people to maintain peace and harmony, reviews security meeting with SPs, DCs
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, 23/08/2019, Guwahati

Ahead of the publication of final National Register of Citizens (NRC), Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has appealed the people of the state to maintain peace and harmony. Following the directive by the Supreme Court, the NRC authority is ready to publish the final list of the NRC on August 31. Sonowal said on Friday that, NRC will be published on August 31 as per the direction of the Supreme Court and this regard we always pray to the people of Assam to extend support and cooperation as they have always being doing in this regard.

“We are confident that, with the people support the NRC publication will be absolutely peaceful. The government will get support and coorporation from all section of society this time also,” Sonowal said.The Assam Chief Minister on Friday had instructed the all districts Superintendent of Police (SP) and Deputy Commissioner (DC) to take stern action against those who will make disturbance environment in the state and communal comments on NRC. Sonowal directed the SPs and DCs during a meeting held in Guwahati in presence of all SPs, DCs, senior officials of Assam police, state home department.

The meeting was called by the state home department in order to discuss the measures that need to be taken to maintain law and order situation on the day of the publication of final NRC. On the other hand, Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said that, additional security forces will deploy to maintain law and order situation if needed. “The SPs and district administration have been told that they should dynamically review the law and order plan and the whole process going on smoothly. I am sure that, there is no law and order related issue. Today, the Chief Minister has reviewed the situation. If additional requirement is there we will call the concern authority and we are hopeful if require we will get it. As of now, we have good amount of force and we will tackle ourselves.

Regarding the vulnerability of any area within a district, that is being decided by local SP and DC. If any issue comes out, they changed deployment, re-deployment etc. But what we have emphasized is good amount of public connect,” the Assam DGP said. The complete draft of NRC, containing names of 28,983,677 out of 32,991,384 applicants, was published on July 30 last year. Around 40.07 lakh people were left out from the complete draft of NRC and nearly 36 lakh people have filed their claims for inclusion their names in the final NRC. An Additional Draft Exclusion list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on June 26 last consisting of 1,02,462 persons.