Assam: NRC authorities to recheck rejection orders

Over 19 lakh people were excluded In the final NRC published in August last year. They would be able to file an appeal for inclusion at the state's Foreigners Tribunals only after the rejection order is issued. In a development that could further delay the next stage of work on the National Register of Citizens […]


Assam eyes laws for indigenous rights

Amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Assam cabinet on Saturday approved a slew of measures, including making the Assamese language mandatory in all schools and a law to protect land rights of the indigenous people. “In the coming Assembly session, the state government will bring in two new laws. The first would […]


28 died in Assam detention centres: MoS Rai

Twenty-eight people have died in the detention centres in Assam from the beginning of 2016 till October 10 last, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. None of them died due to “apprehension or fear.” “They died due to various illness,” he said. While responding to a question from […]


Seize Hajela’s passport, says Assam NGO

An Assam-based NGO, whose 2009 petition in the Supreme Court led to the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC), on Tuesday asked the government to seize the passport of bureaucrat Prateek Hajela to prevent him from flying abroad. The Supreme Court had on October 18 ordered the transfer of Mr. Hajela, a […]


Threat perception behind Prateek Hajela’s transfer?

I am grateful to the Supreme Court for the experience of handling a massive, complicated exercise that was never done before,” Mr. Hajela told The Hindu. The bureaucracy in Assam had an inkling that Prateek Hajela would be shifted after the retirement of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in November, if not after the […]


Bengal Assembly passes resolution against implementation of NRC

“The implementation of the NRC is nothing but a political vendetta of the BJP-led central government. We will never let BJP implement the National Register of Citizens in West Bengal,” Mamata Banerjee said at the Assembly. The ruling party Trinamool Congress and Opposition parties, Left Front and Congress, together passed a resolution in the Assembly […]


Assam deportations to be data-driven

E-Foreigners Tribunals to store biometrics to help speed up detection of undocumented migrants The government is enabling a platform to digitise records of all persons who will be declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) in Assam after the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published later this month. The E-Foreigners Tribunals (e-FTs) will […]