All the data related to Assam’s National Register of Citizens has disappeared from the official website of the state National Register of Citizens (NRC) where the data was published as mandated by the Supreme Court. The Union Home Ministry said the NRC data is safe and cited “some technical issue in visibility on cloud”. The ministry said the problem is “being resolved soon”.
In this case, the Congress has surrounded BJP and said the fault lies not in the technique, but in the BJP’s ideology and mindset. Now the time has come for the BJP government to make clear to the country and especially to the people of Assam whether it was a ‘coincidence’ or any ‘use’ of them. The complete detail of exclusion and inclusion of bonafide Indian citizens in the Assam NRC was uploaded on its official website ”www.nrcassam.nic.in” after the final list was published on August 31, 2019.
19 lakh people are out of this list brought for identification of illegal migrants in Assam, who will have to prove their citizenship. The central government had said that people whose names are not in NRC, they will not be declared foreign until the last legal option is with them.
Debabrata Sakia, the Leader of Opposition in the Assam Assembly has written a letter to the Register General of India appealing to look into the matter. He wrote, ‘It is a mystery how the online data suddenly disappeared. Especially when the appeals process has not started due to the slow pace adopted by the NRC authority.’ The Congress leader wrote in the letter, “There is, therefore, ample scope to suspect that the disappearance of online data is a malafide act. Indeed, the deletion of data from the NRC website at a time when the appeals process is yet is start, is prima facie a deliberate violation of the directive issued by the Supreme Court.”
Significantly, the NRC process started in Assam after the Supreme Court’s order. Nearly 19 lakh people were left out of the final list of NRC published in August 2019. In Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had informed that if Assam is the name of the parents in the NRC, then the missing children will not be sent to the Detention Center. He said that the Attorney General had stated before the apex court on 6 January 2020 that such children would not be separated from their parents and also would not be sent to the detention center.