GUWAHATI: The first bout of the floods left a trail of destruction in parts of Assam. It also cast a shadow on the publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) by June 30, a deadline set by the Supreme Court.
As some work of the updation of NRC involving the verification of documents of applicants is yet to be completed, NRC authorities were not sure about meeting the deadline. The exercise is being directly monitored by the apex court.
"We are keeping a close watch on the situation. The NRC updation work was going on in full swing and suddenly, there is this flood. It is a heavy loss. The mop up and computerised data entry work is going on. There is a small number of people who have not been able to come with documents for verification before NRC authorities due to the flood. But for us, each and every person is important. We have to verify everybody before publishing the final draft. We are still in the process of evaluating the situation. How much we have lost and how much we have recovered etc. We are keeping our fingers crossed and we are still trying. Let's see how things turn out," NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela told The New Indian Express.
The flood situation in the state started improving since Thursday. The first draft of the NRC, published on December 31 last year, covered 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants. Given the alleged unabated infiltration of illegal migrants from Bangladesh, the updation of the document has been a long-standing demand of various groups and organisations in Assam.
Meanwhile, the Sarbananda Sonowal government has sought 150 additional companies of central paramilitary forces following the perception that there could be a law and order problem in the wake of the publication of the final NRC draft. Earlier, following the commencement of the NRC updation process, the Centre had dispatched 85 companies of the forces to the state. Official sources said the state government was closely monitoring the situation in coordination with Central government.