Assam Citizens’ List “Full of Errors” Because of “Incompetent Officer,” Says Tarun Gogoi

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People wait outside an NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) to check their names in the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam’s Nagaon on Aug 31, 2019. — IANS

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GUWAHATI — Calling Prateek Hajela, state coordinator who was entrusted with full responsibility of NRC in Assam, “a junior and incompetent officer”, veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Thursday alleged that final National Register of Citizens of India or NRC is an “erroneous” document.

Prateek Hajela was appointed the NRC state coordinator by the Supreme Court. In the final updated NRC list which was published on August 31, 19 lakh applicants were left out in Assam.

Tarun Gogoi, three-time chief minister of the state taking to Twitter said, “The NRC is full of errors. Instead of identifying foreigners, it made Indians as foreigners, who have all the valid documents. The future of these 19 lakh excluded people are totally uncertain now.”

He said that Mr Hajela should not have been fully trusted and given importance, adding that he was a “junior officer and incompetent for the work” compared to the registrar general of India.

Mr Gogoi further said Mr Hajela should not have been allowed to leave Assam before the NRC becomes “fully correct”.

Hajela, a 1995 batch IAS officer has been transferred to his home state Madhya Pradesh following a direction of the Supreme Court. He was released on November 11.

(With PTI inputs)

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