Assam State NRC Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma has filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking comprehensive re-verification of the draft NRC as well as its supplementary list. 

The final draft of the NRC (National Register of Citizens) was published on August 31, 2019. 

NRC Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma in his petition stated that “major irregularities” were detected in the final draft NRC as well as the supplementary list. 

The State NRC Coordinator sought re-verification under the supervision of a monitoring committee, represented by the respective District Judge, District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. 

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Hitesh Dev Sarma in his petition claimed that while ineligible names were included in the draft NRC, many eligible names have been excluded from the list. 

Sarma, in the plea before the apex court, said since the preparation of a correct and errorfree NRC was integral to national security. 

Notably, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier stated that that State Government would seek re-verification of the NRC. 

“Our view on NRC is very clear. We want 20% re-verification of the list in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% re-verification in other districts. If after that, NRC is found to be correct, the state government would accept it and take the process forward. But if NRC is found faulty even after re-verification, we would want the Supreme Court to view this issue critically,” Himanta Biswa Sarma had said. 

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