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Assam to file interlocutory petition in Supreme Court for issuance of Aadhaar cards to NRC candidates

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in Guwahati on Wednesday evening.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in Guwahati on Wednesday evening.

The government of Assam will file an interlocutory request with the Supreme Court to provide Aadhaar cards to National Register of Citizens (NRC) applicants whose biometrics have been locked in the citizenship document update process.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in Guwahati on Wednesday evening.

Later, Mr. Sarma tweeted: “Approval of the filing of an IA (interlocutory request) with the Supreme Court for the relaxation of paragraph 9 of the SOP and for the provision of Aadhaar cards to NRC candidates whose Aadhaar cards are held on hold due to the existing SOP.” This, he said, will benefit a large portion of people below the poverty line, students, retirees, job seekers who do not have Aadhaar cards.

More than 27 lakh NRC applicants in the state had submitted their biometrics during the complaints and objections phase for the state’s NRC update. Out of these 19 lakh names were not included in the final draft of the NRC released on August 31, 2019, and these people are now facing issues in generating Aadhaar as their biometrics have been locked due to a directive of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court oversees the NRC update process.

The state government told the Assembly last month that it had written to the Center at least twice in the past two years asking it to allow the Aadhaar card-issuing authority to access the data. biometrics of at least the people whose names had appeared in the NRC. final project.

During the meeting, a Cabinet sub-committee was formed to discuss the way forward with various organizations by the state government and the approved meeting was given to the state bridge infrastructure project of Assam (ASBIP) at an estimated cost of ₹4,360 crore.

The ASBIP will include 1,085 minor and major bridge maintenance works, expansion of bridge capacity, conversion of wooden bridges to RCC bridges, among others. Approval has also been given to the Chief Minister’s Program for Public Emergencies under which monetary aid to individuals or organizations can be given when budget allocation is not adequate or available.

Compensation for victims of conflicts, floods and fires, monetary awards to civil servants for exceptional services, financial support for sports, cultural or academic icons, infrastructure support for socio-cultural and academic institutions for which the regular budget is not adequate or available will also be covered by this fund.

To provide respite to low-end domestic consumers from rising retail tariffs, approval has been given for a targeted subsidy for electricity consumers from May 10, 2022, which will benefit around 60 lakh households in the ‘State.

The Cabinet has also approved land for the office of the Royal Consulate General of Bhutan at Dimoria under Sonapur Revenue Circle and for the establishment of a CRPF Battalion Camp at Chhaygaon Panthan under Chhaygaon Revenue Circle.

It authorized Deputy Commissioners to allocate or transfer government land in rural areas to state and central government enterprises, public bodies, parastatals, etc., without prior government approval. .

The Cabinet has also approved a sanction of ₹108 crore for the Assam Microfinance Incentive and Relief Scheme (AMFIRS) 2021.