Genuine Indians need not fear, authorities say as NRC deadline nears in Assam
A register, first prepared in 1951, is being updated specifically in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to weed out illegal immigrants who may have entered the state from Bangladesh.india Updated: Dec 19, 2017 12:44 IST
No “genuine Indians” would be left out of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), authorities in Assam have said as the deadline for the publication of the much-awaited draft nears.
The draft of the updated register, for which Supreme Court has set December 31 as the date for publication, would be a partial one, which will be further updated later by including names of those who got left out.
“The entire exercise is comprehensive and meticulous to produce an accurate NRC where no genuine Indian citizen gets left out and no ineligible person gets included,” said an official involved with the update process.
The register, first prepared in 1951, is being updated specifically in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court to weed out illegal immigrants who may have entered the state from Bangladesh, a touchy political issue because of the large-scale influx of people from the neighbouring country over the years.
People, who can prove links with family members whose names appeared in the 1951 register or subsequent electoral rolls till March 25, 1971, will be included in the updated list.
But with authorities racing to meet the deadline to release the draft, which will include names of most of the 2.38 crore population in the state, there are fears that many names, especially of those belonging to minority community, may get left out.
The entire process is monitored by the Supreme Court is also affecting the smooth functioning of the government machinery as many state officials are engaged in finishing the exercise within the deadline.
Applicants for whom the entire process of verification would be completed by December 31 would find their names in the first draft.
“As such, this will be a part publication of draft NRC. Another draft NRC shall be published subsequently after completion of verification of the rest of the applicants, which shall be the complete publication of draft NRC,” said a public announcement made by NRC office.
The date of complete publication of draft NRC will be notified later.
NRC officials said those applicants who don’t find their names in the first draft published on December 31 “should not have any fears and apprehensions as their verification is under process and will be completed soon”.
Any claims or objections will be taken up only after the complete draft NRC is made public. The final NRC would be published after all such claims are settled.
“Those applicants who find themselves left out of the final NRC have the option to appeal their case before foreigners’ tribunals,” said the official.