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Assam CM Confirms Final Phase of NRC Under Central Government, Assures Aadhaar Restoration

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has disclosed that the final phase of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) lies within the purview of the central government. Responding to a query raised by MLA Kamalakhya Purkayastha, Sarma emphasized the state government’s completion of the initial phase of work, reassuring that individuals named in the final NRC, out of the 27 lakh citizens under review, will regain their Aadhaar cards.

Assam CM Confirms Final Phase of NRC Under Central Government

Notably, 17 lakh citizens have been deemed eligible to retrieve their Aadhaar cards, reflecting progress towards finalizing the NRC list without discrepancies. The government is committed to expediting this process to ensure its timely release.

Meanwhile, Assam’s Finance Minister, Ajanta Neog, is gearing up to present the state budget for the fiscal year 2024-25 in the State Legislative Assembly on February 12. With this being her fourth budget presentation, Neog has pledged a realistic approach, aligning expenditures with tangible outcomes. The ongoing budget session, which commenced on February 5 and concludes on February 28, sets the stage for deliberations on key fiscal priorities and allocations. Last year, Neog presented a budget with an aggregate expenditure estimated at Rs 3.21 lakh crore, indicative of the state’s financial trajectory.

In parallel, the Assam cabinet, led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has greenlit the Assam Healing (Prevention of Evil) Practices Bill, 2024. The approval came during a cabinet meeting held at Lok Sewa Bhawan, Guwahati, as announced by Assam Tourism Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah. Aimed at combating fraudulent healing practices, the bill underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding citizens from deceptive magical treatments. This legislative move marks a significant step towards providing relief to victims and regulating the healthcare landscape in Assam.

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