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Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

Historic day for Assam, says CM Sonowal on release of Indian citizens draft list

Home minister Rajnath Singh also said misinformation about the National Register of Citizens (NRC), published by Assam on Monday, should not be spread.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2018 11:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal addresses a press conference in Guwahati.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal addresses a press conference in Guwahati.(Rajib Jyoti Sarma/HT File Photo)

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated the people of Assam after the state released its final draft list of Indian citizens,saying “the historic day will remain etched in their memories forever”.

The process of publishing the final draft today was carried out in cooperation with the Registrar General of India, along with the central and the state government officials, under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, Sonowal said.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday there is “no need to panic” if any applicant’s name is not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as “no coercive action will be taken” and anyone can file claims and objections.

“Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. This is a completely impartial report. No misinformation should be spread.This is a draft and not the final list,” Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

During an all-party meeting last night, the chief minister appreciated the successful completion of the “herculean task” of preparing the NRC, an official release said. Sonowal had reiterarated that no applicant will be sent to a detention camp after the publication of the final draft.

The Supreme-Court mandated final draft was released by the Registrar General of India Sailesh at 10 am in Guwahati. Among the 3.29 crore applicants, 2.89 crore have been found eligible and their names have been included as Indian citizens in the list. Names of nearly 40 lakh applicants are missing.

The NRC was first carried out in 1951 to enumerate the citizens, their houses and holdings. The list was updated to weed out illegal immigrants as per a provision of the Assam Accord signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against Bangladeshis.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 11:37 IST

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