As many in Assam await the fate of their citizenship, the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator's office on Saturday released the final NRC list. 3,11,21,004 Assam residents have been found eligible, while 19,06,657 Assam residents have been found ineligible. The exclusion includes the number of people who did not submit their papers to the NRC authorities. The 19 lakh exclusion is a major decrease from the over 40 lakh excluded in the second draft published on July 2018.
The NRC office has stated that hard copies of the Supplementary list of inclusions will be at the public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK). The same list will also be available at the offices of the Deputy Commissioner and Circle officer during office hours - 10 am to 4 pm. The final list has been published on Saturday- 31 August 2019 at 10 AM. The state coordinator has stated that those not satisfied with the outcome can file an appeal before Foreigners Tribunals.
The NRC was first prepared in 1951 under the purview of the Census Act, 1948. An updation process was started in 2013 and ended with the receipt of forms by the NRC authorities on 31 August 2015. The process aimed at separating genuine Indian citizens from undocumented immigrants living in Assam. As per NRC terms, a resident has to prove that they or their ancestors entered Assam before midnight on March 24, 1971. Anyone failing to do so will be declared a foreigner.
According to the NRC press release, 3,30,27,661 Assam residents have had to prove their Indian citizenship. Previously in December 2017, the first draft was published in which 140 lakh people were included. Further, in July 2018, the second draft was published where more than 40 lakh people were excluded. Apart from these drafts, an additional exclusion list was published on June 26, 2019, where names of 1,02,463 people were published. These persons were earlier included in the draft.
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