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Sun, 20 Oct 2019

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NRC: Kin of India’s 5th president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed struggling to prove citizenship

NRC: Kin of India’s 5th president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed struggling to prove citizenship
July 30
17:37 2019

NET Bureau

India’s fifth president Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s relatives settled in Assam are not a part of the state’s draft National Register of Citizens list.

Ziauddin Ali Ahmed is among 40.07 lakh people who were left out from the NRC list released in July 2018. The 50-year-old farmer in Assam’s Kamrup rural district happens to be the nephew of the late president. Ziauddin’s father Ehtramuddin Ali Ahmed was Fakhruddin’s younger brother. Their father Zalnur Ali Ahmed retired as an army colonel and was widely revered in all of Assam.

Unlike most NRC applicants who are looking forward to finding their names in the final list expected to be released on August 31, Ziauddin has lost all hopes. According to a report, the farmer seems to have given up because he and his family did not apply for NRC in the first place, which is a must for anyone seeking to make fresh claims to get their names included in the list.

His son Sajid Ali Ahmed said they had filed an application presenting their case, but that might not see fruition either. When the first list was being prepared, Ziauddin’s family could not apply because they were unable to furnish all the documents required to establish their lineage.

To make sure one’s name is featured in the NRC list, one should prove that they entered India before March 24, 1971. To prove this, most people provided the original 1951 NRC or the pre-1971 electoral rolls. Ziauddin, however, could not find his name or his father’s in the digitised archives of either of those documents, which were provided by NRC authorities to help people prove their bloodline.

These documents were available for the public at all NRC Seva Kendra. Among other places, Ziauddin also went to the one in Golaghat, where his father was born, but was unable to find their names in the archives there too.

The family claimed they did not receive any help from authorities at the help centres although the NRC website mandated all officials to “assist the public in searching Legacy Data, issuing of Legacy Data Code, and in receipt of NRC Application forms”.

There are other documents that can be produced for NRC listing, which could be anything from official to court records that would help establish the fact that they had ancestors in India prior to 1971. Now, Ziauddin possessed land documents that had the name of his father, but he claimed that it was already past deadline when he tried submitting those.

The NRC officials have asked the family to wait for now. A week after the final list is released, they will have to visit the circle office, where they will be told what steps they can take to help their case.

Source: MoneyControl

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