Guwahati,, July 30 : Assam on Monday has released the second and final draft of National Register of Citizens that will determine the citizenship status of more than one crore people of the state. But officials have asserted that this is only a draft, and claims and objections from those left out of the citizen’s list would be taken up from August 30.
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Home Min categorically said that govt has no role in it, the entire process was carried out under SC's direction. The draft is not final, people can still file their claims. Opposition particularly Congress is trying to politicise the issue: MoS PMO Jitendra Singh on #NRCAssam pic.twitter.com/Mgbt6oL4O5
— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2018
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee referred to Assam’s Draft Citizens’ List as “divide and rule policy” and said People are are being made refugees in their own country and it is a game plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis.
“People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also,It’s a forceful eviction,” Mamata said.
“They are targeting not Hindus or Muslims, but Bengalis. This is a wrong decision and will affect everyone across the country—all castes, creed and community. I will try to meet the Home Minister,” she said.
The issue also created a ruckus into the Parliament, with Rajya Sabha being adjourned till 2 pm today afternoon.
People checking their names on the draft list at a National Register of Citizens Centre in Guwahati. Out of 3.29 crore people, names of around 40 lakh people were found to be ineligible
Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg said “Based on this draft there is no question of any reference to Foreigners Tribunal or any person being taken to the detention centre.”
Registrar General Sailesh said, “Every person whose name was in the first draft but is missing from final draft will be given an individual letter to file claim for her/his non-inclusion during claims and objections.”
State NRC Coordinator said that two crore eighty nine lakhs, eighty three thousand six hundred and seventy seven people have been found eligible to be included in the National Register of Citizens:
State NRC Coordinator said, “Out of 3.29 crore people, 2.89 crore have been found eligible to be included. This is just a draft, and not the final list.The people who are not included can make claims and objections.”
The NRC has been released online and in all the NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across the state, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said in Guwhati . The state released its first citizenship draft in January.
Two crore eighty nine lakhs, eighty three thousand six hundred and seventy seven people have been found eligible to be included in the National Register of Citizens: State NRC Coordinator #NRCAssam pic.twitter.com/eAseDjSmZm
— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2018
Officials have said 40 lakh people not included in the citizenship draft will be given “opportunity” to prove their citizenship claims.
The updated list has been seen by critics as a move to target Assam’s Muslim population on the pretext of weeding out Bangladeshi migrants.
Security has been heightened in the state to avoid any law and order situation. Two hundred and twenty companies of the Central Armed Police Forces have been dispatched by the Centre.
Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a high level meeting recently on the NRC draft release and directed officers to remain alert and to help and explain the process of claims and objections to people whose names would not appear in the draft.
The chief minister has also directed the officials not to refer any case to the Foreigners Tribunal based on the NRC draft list.
If a person’s name does not appear in the draft then he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras and these forms will be available from August 7 to September 28 and the authorities will inform them about reason for their names being left out.
The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 next and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearing.
The applicants can check their names in the draft by visiting their respective designated NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK) which will be available on all working days from 10 am to 4 pm from July 30 to September 28.