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Staff Reporter

A host of organisations of Indigenous people of the state have pleaded on Tuesday that  to the Apex Court to issue an order staying the ongoing process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, which took 25th March 1971 as the base year, until the matter is finalised by a constitution bench of the apex court. The  petition was filed by the indigenous organisations i.e. Janak lal Basumatary, President Bodoland Janajati Surakhsa Samiti, Ai Moun Sakhap, General Secretary, Sadou Axom Tai-Phake Jatiaya Parishad, Sachindr Nocte, President, Nocte Naga Council (Assam), Dr. Narendra Nath Shyam, President, Tai Khamyang Jatiya Parishad,(Assam), Chanu Shyam, Secretary, Turung Jatiya Parishad(Assam), Bicha Nong Singpho, President, Singpho Jatiya Parishad, Durgadhar Shyam, President, Man Taibhasi Samannayrakshi Samiti (Assam), Chao Golap Borgohain, Chief Secretary, Fra Lung Moung (Assam), Chao Manroranjan Phukan, President, Mohan Deudhai Bailung Sanmilan (Assam)  and Manik Chandra Bora, President, Sadou Asam Sut Sanmilan.

Working President of Assam Sanimlata Mahasangha,  Mr. Matiur Rahman, have informed that    the two member division bench of the Apex Court comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and  Justice R.F. Nariman stated in its December 17th , 2014 order, issued in connection with Rahman’s  PIL, that a Constitution Bench of the Apex Court would determine the base year for updating the NRC. Rahman further  stated that the same bench without waiting for the decision of the Constitution Bench on the issue, passed a directive to update the NRC on the basis of the 1971 electoral rolls. He stated the organisations of the Indigenous people of the found the orders as self-contradictory.  Again if the NRC is updated taking 1971 as the cut-off year, around 50 lakh foreign nationals would become Indian citizens as per the admission made by the Union Home Minister in the parliament.. This will finally make the indigenous peoples of the state minorities in their native land, he stated.

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