NRC’s deadline pressure takes a toll on Assam staff

Is there anything called human rights, asks Facebook post
People facing possible statelessness are not the only ones feeling the National Register of Citizens (NRC) heat. The stress of the updating exercise appears to have taken a toll on the Assam government officials. On July 18, a State government employee named Jyotiprasad Das took to social media complaining about doing two jobs at a time for “no additional honorarium” while referring to demands for re-verification of names published in the draft NRC. Some 40,000 employees have been handling the NRC exercise since its launch five years ago. Mr. Das’s profile says he works with the Agriculture Department. Assam-based NGOs and the Central and the State governments had a few days ago appealed to the Supreme Court for re-verification of 20% names in the districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in the other districts.
The deadline for publishing the final NRC is July 31.
“Some organisations and the government want re-verification. Our opinions do not count. Let the apex court decide on what is best. But is there anything called human rights?” Mr. Das asked on his Facebook page in Assamese on July 18. “For the last five years, we have been forced to do two jobs simultaneously. Leave apart extra payment, we have not even been reimbursed the expenses involved. We, the employees, have had to spend lakhs of rupees [for discharging NRC duty]. Please relieve us and use another set of employees,” he said. Mr. Das also said if re-verification happens, the government should take care of expenditure to be incurred by everyone. “Otherwise, we will do great injustice to the poor people who have lost everything [because of NRC].”

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