Assam govt and AASU discuss NRC updating

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the All Assam Students Union (AASU) today urged the Centre and Registrar General of India to immediately start work of updating National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The state government, led by Gogoi and AASU, in a meeting here discussed various steps already taken for updating the NRC in Assam.

The state government accepted in principle that the process of updating the NRC should be taken up throughout the state, subject to approval from the Centre.

AASU underscored that they want a tripartite discussion of the Assam Accord at the PM level to which Gogoi assured them that he would take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the earliest.

The last such talks at the PM level were held in May 2005.

Today's meeting also decided to consider AASU's suggestions on draft modalities of the Cabinet Sub-Committee's recommendations and presently under consideration of the Centre, official sources said.

Revenue Minister Prithibi Majhi and other members of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on NRC updation, Chief Secretary and other senior government officials were also present while the AASU delegation was led by its advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya.