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Jorhat Deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal on Friday apprised the media about the Type-I family tree investigation, a part of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update process, which will begin on a trial basis here from Saturday and  in a full-fledged manner from February 19.

A list of anomalies pertaining to names submitted in the NRC applications have been sent to the respective districts from State coordinator, NRC and based on this list a physical verification will take place at the NRC Seva Kendras under which the individual or family may fall.

“A software, developed by the NRC, State coordinator’s office matches the names submitted in the family trees and weeds out mismatches. We at the district level have issued letters to the families and called them to the Kendras so that they can be physically verified and any confusion cleared. If there is any legacy which has been fraudulently used by someone this will also be unearthed in the process,” Mittal said.

All those listed are in the ‘pending’ of verification in the first NRC draft published recently, he said.

Citing an example, Mittal said that it may so happen that someone’s name has been submitted as Babloo, a nickname by an uncle and as Bhaskar by another uncle and the father. Likewise prior to marriage, a woman might have been called Pinky and after marriage as Surabhi. This confusion can be cleared by physical endorsing as being one and the same person by the family.

The person concerned should also have a proof of identity if possible.

Mittal further said that a person, whose name has been cleared in the draft NRC, may also be called as a witness in case of such mix-ups.

Already 2000 letters have been issued in the district and sent through booth level officers.

In Johat, there are 67 NRC Seva Kendras and 70 investigating officers  (Local Registrars of Citizenship Registration) who will look into the cases in the NSKs. They will be supervised by 15 executive magistrates who will each have four or five kendras under their jurisdiction.

This will be a continuous process till March 31. The next family tree investigation will be Type II which will cover a larger geographical area that is it could be spread over seven to eight districts where the family has spread out and may have quoted the same legacy code and maybe some anomalies have arisen.

NRC nodal officer Jayanta Goswami and district project supervisor, NRC Gaurav Borthakur were resent in the meeting.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at:

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