ASM urges govt to uprade NRC to use 1966 as cut-off year

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New Delhi, Sep 23 (UNI) A 10-member delegation of the Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM) today called for revising the basic guidelines of the National Register of Citizenship (MRC) from its announced position of 1971 and use 1966 as the cut-off year.

ASM, a non-political outfit representing 17 groups and 55 ethnic communities from the State, had a thirty minutes meeting with Home Ministery Joint Secretary Naveen Verma.

The delegation explained their position that the Centre should revise the basic guidelines for the revision of the NRC from its announced position of 1971 with 1966 as the cut-off year.

The NRC currently uses 1951 census report as the base year.

The delegation said 1966 should be taken as the cut-off year as it was only after this that millions of Bangladeshis entered this region legally as well as illegally and remained here by adopting various unfair means.

The delegation was led by ASM advisor Tulsi Bordogli and President Chandra Singh Kro.

Talking to newsmen after the meeting, ASN Executive President Mathiur Rehman said, ''We are not for harassing anyone under the pretext of foreigner issue. It is the Centre's duty to fulfill the long-cherished demand of the people from the State, otherwise, they will become minority and lose their social, economical and political say in the system.'' Yesterday, the group held a dharna here to press for their demand and submitted a memorandum with the Prime Minister's Office as well as with the Home Minister's office.

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