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Indigenous organisations approach the SC to stop NRC updation in Assam
Some indigenous organisations of Assam have appealed in the Supreme Court of India to stop the on-going process of updation of the National Register of Citizens (NCR) in the state till the base year for updating the NRC is fixed by the apex court.

Hearing a petition filed by Motiur Rahman, president of the Asom Sanmilit Mahasangha, a three-member bench of the SC headed by the CJI Dipak Misra on February 5, reportedly, decided to reconstitute a constitutional bench to decide the base year for update of the NRC in the state.

The constitutional bench would decide the base year for updating of the NRC in the state while examining the validity of the Clause 6(a) of the Citizenship Act. Till then, Bodoland Janajati Surakha Mancha, Sodou Asom Tai-phake Jatiya Parishad, Singhfou Jatiya Parishad, Maan Tai Bhakhi Sanmilita Jatiya Parishad, Fra-lung Mou, Nakte Naga Council (Assam) and Mohan Deodhai Bailung Sanmilan have appealed to the SC to stop updating the NRC. These outfits, expressing their concerns, reportedly, have sent a letter to the CJI Misra.

Earlier, the SC had constituted a five-member constitutional bench to decide the base year for updating the NRC in Assam. But a member of the bench had retired before it could gave a final call on the matter. On the other hand, the NRC updating, under the supervision of the SC, has taken place in the state. Following the direction of a two-member bench comprising of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman, the state government had appointed a state NRC coordinator in 2013. The state NRC directorate, following a SC direction, had published the first partial draft of the NRC on the midnight of December 31, 2017.

The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and some other organisations both political and non-political in the state have seconded 1971 as the base year for the NRC updating. According to the Assam Accord of 1985, no foreigner would be permitted to stay permanently who came to the state after March 24, 1971. However, the Asom Sanmilita Mahasangha and some other outfits have demanded the base year of the NRC updating should be 1951 as it is applicable for the entire country except Assam.

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