Assam NRC final list ‘vanishes’ from official website; MHA clarifies ‘data is safe’

The data of the final list of Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published last year in August, has been vanished from the official website of the state National Register of Citizens (NRC), where the data was safely published on the orders of the Supreme Court.

By Talib Khan
Updated: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 11:28 AM IST
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Assam NRC final list ‘vanishes’ from official website; MHA clarifies ‘data is safe’

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The data of the final list of Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was published last year in August, has been vanished from the official website of the state National Register of Citizens (NRC), where the data was safely published on the orders of the Supreme Court.

 

Media reports quoted NRC officials saying that the disappearance of the data happened after the cloud server subscription for maintaining the database was lapsed and has not renewed since the former Assam NRC coordinator, Prateek Hajela, was transferred in October 2019. The delay in appointing new NRC coordinator caused halting of important work, including the renewal of the cloud service subscription with Wipro.

 

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However, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday morning confirmed that the data is safe and has been disappeared because of some technical issue in visibility on the cloud. “NRC data is safe, there is some technical issue in visibility on Cloud. It is being resolved soon”, as reported by news agency ANI.

 

Responding on the development, the Congress in a letter to the Registrar General of India termed this development as mysterious and malafide act and urged him to look into the matter.

 

 

Leader of the opposition in the Assam assembly, Debabrata Saikia, in her letter wrote, "It is a mystery as to why the online data should vanish all of a sudden, especially as the appeals process has not even started due to the go-slow attitude adopted by the NRC Authority.

 

There is, therefore, ample scope to suspect that the disappearance of online data is a malafide act. Indeed, the deletion of data from the NRC website at a time when the appeal process is yet to start is prima facie a deliberate violation of the directive issued by the Supreme Court," the Congress leader said in the letter.

 

NRC State Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma accepted that the data has been made offline, but refuted the allegation of any "malafide" intent in it. The cloud service for the huge set of data was provided by IT firm Wipro and their contract was till October 19 last year. However, this was not renewed by the previous coordinator. So, the data got offline from December 15 after it was suspended by Wipro, Sarma said as reported by news agency PTI.

 

He said the state coordination committee had decided to do necessary formalities in its meeting on January 30 and wrote to the Wipro during the first week of February. "Once Wipro makes the data live, it will be available for the public. We hope people will be able to access it in the next 2-3 days," Sarma said.


The complete data of included as well as excluded Indians in NRC list was uploaded on its official website ''www.nrcassam.nic.in'', after the final list was published with over 3 crore inclusions and 19 lakh exclusions, on August 31, 2019.  

 

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The data missing row came at a time when the Registrar General of India is yet to officially notify the final list of Assam NRC.

 

The citizens' list, to identify illegal immigrants in Assam, has left out over 19 lakh people, leaving them to prove their citizenship. The centre has said people whose names didn't appear in the NRC cannot be declared foreigners till all legal options are exhausted.

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