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Hunt begins for new NRC coordinator

The NRC coordinator is the commissioner level post. A senior official said, “We have started the process of selecting Hajela’s successor. However, there is not much enthusiasm to take over the post.”

, ET Bureau|
Oct 21, 2019, 08.04 PM IST
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Hajela, who is a native of Madhya Pradesh, is an Indian administrative service officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre and took over as State Coordinator, NRC in September 2013.
GUWAHATI: With Supreme Court ordering transfer of National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela, Assam government has started hunt to select the NRC coordinator.

The NRC coordinator is the commissioner level post. A senior official on the condition of anonymity said, “We have started the process of selecting Hajela’s successor. However, there is not much enthusiasm to take over the post.”

“The post is a hot seat for the incumbent receives both praise and brickbats. Besides it is politically sensitive position and process is monitored by the Supreme Court,” he added.

The official said few names have been shortlisted for the post.

“We have selected some names. It will take some time to finalize the things. We have discussed some names however we have to select the new person fast for the next process of sending letters to those left out of final NRC with reason for their non-inclusion and process of moving to Foreigners tribunal will start will start next month,” he said.

The final NRC, which was published on August 31, found a total of 3, 11, 21,004 persons eligible for inclusion in the registry leaving out 19, 06,657 persons.

Several organisations have expressed their unhappiness with the final figures for they feel that it not taken into consideration the fact that Assam for long has battled the problem of illegal influx from Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, ruling BJP has asked the government to ensure that NRC coordinator submits the accounts of Rs 1600 crore spent on the NRC process before leaving the state.

The officer said, “Hajela is going to be here for some time.”

The Supreme Court on October 18 last ordered Inter-cadre transfer of Hajela to the State of Madhya Pradesh on deputation for the maximum period permissible under the relevant rules/regulations.

Hajela, who is a native of Madhya Pradesh, is an Indian administrative service officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre and took over as State Coordinator, NRC in September 2013.

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