Assam Finance Minister and North East Democratic Alliance convener Himanta Biswa Sarma on November 28th, 2019 announced that he will table a CAG report consisting of a ‘gamut of anomalies’ at the NRC list. The Minister will present the report on December 5th, 2019 at the ongoing winter session of the Assam Assembly.
“The present NRC is full of errors and on December 5th we will present a CAG report consisting of all the facts. The team has inspected the NRC offices which consists of anomalies executed under the supervision of Prateek Hajela, ”Sarma said while addressing the media.
“The NRC should be redone along with the rest of the country,” he added.
While talking about the noisy scenes on the first day of the Assembly with opposition parties Congress and AIUDF staging protest against NRC and CAB, the minister claimed that only the persons with ‘vested interests’ want the present NRC.
“The indigenous people of Assam are not satisfied with the NRC but political party leaders from AIUDF and Congress are satisfied with the list. If Rockybul Hussain, Badruddin Ajmal has expressed his resentment for the scrapping of present NRC this clearly shows that people with vested interests do not want a change in the list, ”the Minister said.
It may be mentioned that on November 20th, 2019, the Assam government welcomed the center’s stand after Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Parliament that the NRC will be implemented nationwide.
“No Assamese has come down to the streets that they do not want to scrap of NRC. Some groups moved to the SC for reviewing NRC. Even AASU has given review petition that they do want the NRC, ”the minister added.
The Minister also said that the government does not have any problem with the change in the base year and that they will comply with the center’s decision.
On being asked about the controversial CAB, Sarma opined that the Union Minister Amit Shah will have a consultative meeting with the political parties, organizations on November 29th, at his New Delhi residence and the government is confident that the bill will come into force.
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the people belonging to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis who have become the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and entered India on or before December 31st, 2014 .
“We want error-free NRC and destroy radical organizations. Time and again we have been hearing the footprints of terror organizations like ISIS, al-Qaeda, in the state. There is a threat of security crisis in Assam, so precautionary measures should be taken, ”he said.