Final draft of NRC to be released on Monday amid security

30 July, 2018, 20:24 | Author: Angel Logan
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In a statement released later, Rajnath said he wanted to "emphatically say that this is only a draft and not the final NRC".

Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Advisor Akhil Gogoi also welcomed the publication of the draft and assured legal help to genuine Indian citizens. However, the manner in which this exercise has been undertaken by the BJP Governments at the centre and in the State of Assam leaves much to be desired.

The government released its final draft of Assam's National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) in what many claim is as an effort by Narendra Modi, the Indian prime minister, to target Muslims hostile to his BJP nationalist party ahead of elections next year.

The government said the draft was not meant to drive people out and those struck off the list would have a chance to reapply. Only after the disposal of claims and objections, will the final NRC be published, he said. "Now they are speaking against it", Ghosh said.

Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951, with 24 March, 1971 as the cut-off date, to include names of genuine Indian citizens.

He also assured that people whose names are not included in the final draft will get the opportunity to prove their citizenship. It is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Sailesh, the registrar, who uses one name, gave no breakup of those who had failed to make the draft list, adding: "Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centers or foreigners' tribunals".

Four categories of people - doubtful voters, their descendants, people whose cases were pending at Foreigners Tribunals and their offspring - were not included in the list, he said.

# 14:20 pm: Home Ministry categorically said that government has no role in it, the entire process was carried out under SC's direction.

"The NRC in Assam is being implemented following the orders of the court (Supreme Court)".

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the state to maintain law and order, with district deputy commissioners and superintendents of police being directed to maintain a strict vigil, a senior police official said.

The applicants can also call 24x7 toll free numbers-15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam- by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).

The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, wherein the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated.

If one's name does not feature on the list, he or she could go to their respective NSKs and fill in the prescribed forms that will be available from August 7 to September 28, and the authorities will inform them of the reason their names were withheld from the list.

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) has also set up a 24-hour control room at its central office to help people. The candidates are welcome to check their names by visiting the NRC website and through SMS.

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