/Assam civil servant appoints as NRC state coordinator

Assam civil servant appoints as NRC state coordinator

The Supreme Court on 18 October directed the Center to relocate Hazela to Madhya Pradesh.

Hitesh Dev Sarma, a 1986-batch civil servant from Assam, was appointed as the next coordinator of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in place of Prateek Hajela on Saturday. Sarma is expected to take charge on Monday.

As per an official order, Sarma, who was serving as Secretary of Urban Development and Finance Departments, has been transferred as Secretary of the Home and Political Department and State Coordinator, NRC and Directorate in charge.

The updated NRC published on 31 August this year has left over 19 lakh applicants. It was published under the 1995-batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, Hazela, who was appointed NRC Coordinator by the Supreme Court.

Now, Dev Sarma has finished his work, as those who are excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal to the Foreigners’ Tribunal.

If the tribunals are not satisfied with the decision, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.

Official sources said that the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Union Personnel Department and imparted training for inter-cadre deputation of Hajela from Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years. The Assam government had also written to the personnel and training department, stating that it had no objection to transfer to Hazela.

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