Kolkata, Sep 1 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said she was "shocked" to find out that one lakh people of the Gorkha community have been excluded from the NRC list.
In a series of tweet messages, Ms Banerjee said, “Earlier I was not aware of the full NRC fiasco. As more and more information is coming in, we are shocked to see that the names of more than 1 lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the list. “In fact, the names of thousands and thousands of genuine Indians, including those of CRPF and other jawans, family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, have been excluded,” the chief minister added.
She said, “Government must take care that genuine Indians are not left out and justice is meted out to all of our genuine Indian brothers and sisters.” On Saturday, Ms Banerjee said, " The NRC fiasco has exposed all those who tried to take political mileage out of it. They have a lot to answer to the nation. This is what happens when an act is guided by an ulterior motive rather than the good of the society and the larger interest of the nation. "
The chief minister had expressed concern over the exclusion of large number of Bengalis from the register. “My heart goes out to all those, especially the large number of Bengali speaking brothers and sisters, who are made to suffer because of this botched-up process,” she commented.
Ending years of anticipation, the final and updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam, viewed as the document to weed out illegal foreigners from this North Eastern state, was published on Saturday, bringing relief for 3.11 crore people who figured in the final list and further speculations for over 19 lakh excluded in the final NRC.
Names of 3,11,21,004 people, out of 3,30,27,661 applicants, were included in the final NRC, while 19,06,657 applicants were left out, a statement issued by NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela informed. As per Orders of the Supreme Court, Draft NRC (Complete Draft) was published on July 30, 2018, wherein 2,89,83,677 numbers of persons were found eligible for inclusion.
Thereafter, claims were received from 36,26,630 numbers of persons against exclusions and Objections were received against inclusion of 1,87,633 persons whose names had appeared in Complete Draft. Another Additional Draft Exclusions List was published on June 26, 2019, wherein 1,02,462 persons were excluded.
The process of NRC Update, with midnight of March 24, 1971, as cut off date, was started in Assam as per order of the Supreme Court of India in 2013. Since then, the Apex Court has been closely monitoring the entire process. (UNI)