A woman who runs a children’s centre in Diphu, Ambika Pradhan is in a rush to register children under her care in the second draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
There are 21 occupants at Pradhan’s Mission Concern; who have been orphaned or abandoned. Ambika Pradhan says she could not grasp the technicalities as to how to go about registering orphans in the first draft of the NRC.
But she has now set the target of passing on her legacy to six children of her shelter who have no parents.
An NRC official from Diphu said the update process has an institutional category that allows orphaned children to be given the legacy of the head of the institution where they stay, provided that the institution is recognized. In November last year, Pradhan’s Mission Concern was registered as a childcare institute under the Juvenile Justice Act.
The NRC official said, “In the first NRC, she didn’t register the names of her adopted children. We have spoken to her and she has said she will apply for inclusion of the names of her adopted children in the second draft of the NRC. The children will get the legacy of Pradhan since she is the head of the adopted home,” reported TOI.
According to locals, Pradhan’s Mission Concern is the only childcare institute in Karbi Anglong.