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Assam to Approach SC for Aadhaar to NRC Applicants; Will Benefit Large Section of People, Says CM Himanta

The Assam government has also taken into consideration the central government’s extension of deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN card till March 2023. (PTI File Photo)

The Assam government has also taken into consideration the central government’s extension of deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN card till March 2023. (PTI File Photo)

Over 27 lakh NRC applicants in the state had submitted their biometrics during the claims and objections phase for updating the state's NRC

The Assam government will file an Interlocutory Application in Supreme Court for providing Aadhaar cards to National Register of Citizens (NRC) applicants whose biometrics have been locked in the updating process of the citizenship document.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, here on Wednesday evening. Later Sarma tweeted: Approval to filing of an IA (Interlocutory Application) in the Supreme Court for relaxation of Para 9 of the SOP and for providing Aadhaar cards to NRC applicants whose Aadhaar cards are kept on hold because of existing SOP.

This, he said, will benefit a large section of people below poverty line, students, pensioners, job seekers who do not have Aadhaar cards.

Over 27 lakh NRC applicants in the state had submitted their biometrics during the claims and objections phase for updating the state’s NRC. Of these 19 lakh names were not included in the final draft of the NRC published on August 31, 2019, and these people are now facing problems in generating Aadhaar as their biometrics have been locked due to a Supreme Court directive.

The apex court is overseeing the NRC updating process. The state government had said in the Assembly last month that it has written at least twice to the Centre in the last two years requesting them to allow the Aadhaar card issuing authority to access the biometrics of at least those people whose names had figured in the NRC final draft.

The meeting approved targeted subsidy for low end power consumers from May 10, 2022, which will benefit around 60 lakh households in the state, an official said.

The cabinet also approved land for the Royal Bhutanese Consulate General Office at Dimoria under Sonapur Revenue Circle and for establishment of a battalion camp of CRPF at Chhaygaon Panthan under Chhaygaon Revenue Circle. Sanction of Rs 108 crore for Assam Microfinance Incentive and Relief Scheme (AMFIRS) 2021 was also given the nod, the official added.

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first published:April 21, 2022, 13:10 IST