Manipur among top defaulters in NRC verification

IMPHAL,1st Aug: Manipur is among top defaulters in the verification process pertaining to people who belong to a different state but reside in Assam because of job or marriage. The NRC authority of Assam sent 17,000 names and documents for verification to Manipur but the state could not check or send back results of the verification of citizenship claimed by these people residing in Assam either because of marriage, job or other reasons. Nevertheless, West Bangal tops the list of defaulters as the state could return only about 6 percent of the 1.14 lakh documents that were sent to the state by Assam NRC authorities.

Due to this, verification of those claiming citizenship could not be checked. For verification of National Registrar of Citizens (NRC), the NRC authority of Assam sent around 5 lakh names and documents to other states and union territories for verification but these states returned just 2 to 7 percent of the documents after verification. Due to this, the names of 5 lakh people could not be included in the final draft of NRC released on July 30. Other big defaulter states included Bihar, Chandigarh (Punjab & Haryana)) and Meghalaya apart from West Bengal and Manipur.

Agencies reported that NRC Assam state coordinator Prateek Hajela had sent 5.7 lakh documents to 25 states and Union territories which had issued certificates to people belonging to those states and UTs but residing in Assam due to job or marriage. These documents included educational certificates, birth certificates and others related to the electoral process issued by the states of their earlier domicile.

In March, Hajela had urged the Supreme Court to direct these states to return the documents after verification and said the NRC could only wait till May for these verified documents. Besides, he had stated in his report that several other organisations - banks, UIDAI, CBSE, external affairs ministry (for passports), and various central and state government departments - had not returned 2.37 lakh documents after verification. Only about 40 per cent of verified documents had reached the NRC authorities in time for preparation of the final draft.

One of the biggest ramifications of this delay is members of the same family getting different verdicts. The absence of verified documents of a woman, for instance, has kept her out of the citizen list while her husband and children have been included. The same applies to families where a man might be from a different state, but has settled in Assam. His children, who have to use their father's legacy data, will also not be included in the NRC.

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