Assam NRC data goes missing from official website; authorities claim technical snag
In a shocking incident, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) records, which had the complete and final list of bonafide Indian citizens in Assam has gone missing from the official website. The data that was uploaded on the website nrcassam.nic.in on the orders of the Supreme Court had a record of 3.11 crore inclusions and 19.06 lakh exclusions. The final list was uploaded on August 31, 2019.
However, the Union Home Ministry said the NRC data is safe and cited ‘technical issue in visibility on a cloud’. The ministry said the problem is ‘being resolved soon’.
It said that the data went missing from the website as the service period of the cloud storage provided by IT firm Wipro expired. The ministry added that as there was no coordinator after the transfer of the former coordinator Prateek Hajela to Madhya Pradesh, the subscription lapsed and the data went offline.
NRC State Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma who took over after Hajela shifting the responsibility said, “The cloud service for the huge set of data was provided by Wipro and their contract was till October 19 last year. However, this was not renewed by the earlier Coordinator. So, the data got offline from December 15 after it was suspended by Wipro. I assumed charge on December 24.”
As a result of this missing data, the applicants are unable to view their details or download the list which includes their names. Also, the appeal process for those excluded from the NRC list is yet to begin as various petitions alleging anomalies in the inclusion and exclusion of names are pending in the Supreme Court seeking re-evaluation of the list.