New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday attributed the sudden disappearance of the updated Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) list from the official NRC website to some technical issue in visibility on Cloud, assuring that the NRC data was ‘safe.’ Also Read - Month After Transfer, Former Assam NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela Booked For Alleged Fraud
“The issue will be resolved soon,” the MHA added. Also Read - Keeping a Close Eye on Developments: Bangladesh on Assam NRC
Earlier, in a sudden development, the updated Assam NRC list had gone ‘missing’ from the official website of the NRC. The list, which has been ‘missing’ for the last two days, had names of all 3.1 crore inclusions, as well as that of 19.06 lakh exclusions.
The updated NRC list was uploaded to the official NRC website-nrcassam.nic.in-in October, on the directions of the Supreme Court. However, now, clicking on the Final NRC List button on the homepage, redirects to the link finalnrc.in, which shows the message ‘This site can’t be reached.’
Speaking to media, Hitesh Dev Sarma, the state NRC coordinator, who succeeded Prateek Hajela, had attributed this to non-renewal of the contract with IT giant Wipro, which provided the cloud service to store the data.
Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, however, wrote to the registrar general and census coordinator in this regard, informing them of the ‘mystery’ of the ‘sudden disappearance of the online data.’
“It is a mystery as to why the online data should go missing so suddenly, especially as the appeals process has not even started due to the go-slow attitude adopted by the NRC Authority. There is, therefore, enough scope to suspect that the disappearance of online data is a malafide act,” the letter stated.
The letter further called the development a ‘deliberate violation’ of the directive issued by the Supreme Court.
The final NRC list was published in August last year.