Assam NRC final draft out; 40.07 lakh names excluded
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Assam NRC final draft out; 40.07 lakh names excluded

The final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam was released today with names of over 2.89 crore applicants included and more than 40.07 lakh left out.

Out of total 3,29,91,384 applicants, names of 2,89,84,677 have been included in the final draft, where names of 40,07,707 applicants have been left out of the final draft. Addressing a press conference after releasing the final draft, Registrar General of India Sailesh said, "This is a historic moment for us on completion of a milestone in the form of publication of the final draft of NRC."

He emphasised that this was the final draft only and the complete NRC will be published after settlement of all claims and objections. Persons who do not find their names can apply between August 30 to September 28 next, Sailesh said adding that from August 7, persons whose names have been left out will be able to know the reason for exclusion by visiting the NRC Seva Kendras and enquiring from the Local Registrar.

"Any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections can file appeal before the Foreigners Tribunal,” he added. The RGI refused to give a timeframe for publication of the complete NRC as assessment would be possible only after filing of the claims and objections phase. State NRC chief coordinator Prateek Hajela said names of four categories of persons have been left out from the final draft, as per the instruction of the Supreme Court.

These are persons marked Doubtful voters by the Election Commission of India and their descendants, and persons whose references are pending at the Foreigners Tribunal and their descendants. “These four categories account for 2.48 lakh people and this is included in the 40.07 lakh figure of people whose name did not figure in the final draft,” Hajela added.

On problems faced for verification from outside the state, he said as per guidance of the apex court, the system of District Magistrate’s investigation was adopted and after local investigation, if a person was found to be a legitimate citizen, his or her name has been included in the final draft, notwithstanding the fact that their legacy could not established from their place of origin (a different Indian state).

Joint secretary (NE), MHA, Satyendra Garg, also present on the occasion, reiterated the government’s clear stance that no person were be deemed a foreigner is his or her name has not figured in the final draft. He said, “There is no question of reference to Foreigners Tribunal or taking to detention camp on the basis of non-inclusion of name in draft NRC.”

“The government is committed to maintain law and order and the Centre is giving sufficient assistant to the state government for the purpose,” Garg added.

The process of updating the NRC for Assam, with midnight of March 24, 1971, as cut off, had started in 2013, under the supervision of the Supreme Court, at a cost of Rs 1220 crore.

The process of receipt of NRC application forms started during end of May 2015 and ended on August 31, 2015.The first draft with names of 1.90 crore applicants was released at midnight of December 31, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was on Monday adjourned till 1400 hrs within a minute before the Question Hour could be taken up over ruckus on National Register of Citizens in Assam. No sooner did Chairman M Venkaiah Nadu take his seat that some of the opposition members were on their feet continuing their protest over the draft of the NRC.Immediately the Chair adjourned the House till 2 pm after lunch.

Earlier the Rajya Sabha was adjourned soon after it met till noon on Monday after the opposition members created a ruckus over National Register of Citizens (NRC). Just after laying the papers during the Zero Hour, the AITC lawmakers raised the issue of NRC and entered into the Well, which forced Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 1200 hrs.

Naidu told the agitating members that some members had met him over NRC issues and he had sought clarification from Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the matter. “The Home Minister is in the House and he will clarify over the issue,” he said.

The members from Congress, AITC, SP, CPI, TDP and RJD, however, started shouting relentlessly against the government.The government on Monday released the final draft of NRC list. Singh said, “Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. This is a completely impartial report. No misinformation should be spread. This is a draft and not the final list." (UNI)