Amid tightened security in the state, National Register of Citizen (NRC) was released in Assam this morning. While names of 3.11 crore applicants have been included in final NRC, 19.07 lakh have been excluded. However, the government has informed that any one person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections can file an appeal before the Foreigners Tribunals.
NRC State Coordinator’s office said in Guwahati that the status of both inclusion and exclusion can be checked online on the NRC website. The hard copies of the Supplementary List of Inclusions are available for public viewing at the NRC Seva Kendras, offices of the deputy commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours.
The process of updating NRC is being carried out by the Registrar General of India and is being closely monitored by the Supreme Court. The process started in 2013 as per the order of the apex court.
The state government has assured that the people left out of the final NRC will not be detained and they can appeal against their exclusion in the Foreigners’ Tribunals and subsequently move higher courts. Assam government will establish 400 Foreigners’ Tribunals in the state to deal with such appeals.
The NRC has immense significance for the people of Assam as the state witnessed a six-year-long movement between 1979 to 1985 seeking detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis.
The draft NRC, which was published last year, excluded names of over 40 lakh people from the document due to some discrepancies in their documents. Over 36 lakh of them applied afresh to get their names included in the final NRC.