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GUWAHATI: Assam’s updated NRC data, including the particulars of all applicants included or excluded from the final citizenship rolls published on August 31, has disappeared from the official website of the state coordinator of national registration. The complete list containing 3.11 crore inclusions and 19.06 lakh exclusions had been uploaded to the website nrcassam.nic.in in October on the orders of the Supreme Court.
An NRC official claimed the data wasn’t visible as the cloud-storage subscription lapsed sometime ago and couldn’t be renewed because the new state NRC coordinator who replaced Prateek Hajela hadn’t taken charge then.
“The subscription renewal for cloud storage provided by Wipro wasn’t done on time because Hajela was transferred. Now that a new coordinator (Hitesh Dev Sarma) has assumed charge, the renewal process is underway. The data should be online in a few days,” he said.
Wipro couldn’t be reached for comment. Leader of opposition Debabrata Saikia on Tuesday wrote to the registrar general and census commissioner, requesting him to unravel the “mystery” behind “online data vanishing all of a sudden”. He said it was shocking that the data had vanished even before the appeals process could start, for which he blamed the”go-slow attitude adopted by the NRC authority”.
“There is, therefore, ample scope to suspect that the disappearance of online data is a mala fide act and is prima facie a deliberate violation of the directive issued by the Supreme Court,” the letter states.