Rahul Gandhi slams BJP for 'tardy' Assam NRC final draft

Hugh Fox
July 30, 2018

Mamta Banerjee slammed the NRC final draft by stating that the Assam government and the center played "divide and rule" politics.

In the Indian context, it is an extremely important exercise aimed at rooting out lakhs of illegal Bangladeshi migrants. However, the manner in which this exercise has been undertaken by the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state of Assam leaves much to be desired.There are reports pouring in from all corners of Assam of Indian citizens finding their names missing in the draft NRC, creating massive insecurity in the state.

The stage is set for the release of the second and final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) today amid tight security.

The government said the draft was not meant to drive people out and those struck off the list would have a chance to reapply.

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"People, whose names have not figured in NRC, need not worry. They also would appeal to people to refrain from making communally inflammatory comments", an official said. The list released by the government includes 28,983,677 citizens, while 40 lakh have been left out.

The NRC will feature the names, addresses and photographs of all Indian citizens, who have been residing in the north eastern state before March 25, 1971, he said.

"Whatever work is going on in the NRC, is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court". No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic, says Rajnath Singh.

"Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centres or foreigners' tribunal", Census Commissioner Sailesh, who is also the Registrar General of India, told reporters in Guwahati.

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No person, excluded from the draft NRC published on Monday, will be declared a foreigner as such powers are vested only with tribunals where one can approach for remedies, a senior Home Ministry official said.

Security has been tightened across India's northeastern state of Assam as millions discovered they were at risk of deportation following the release of the federal government's controversial citizens list. The candidates are welcome to check their names by visiting the NRC website and through SMS.

The applicants can also call 24x7 toll free numbers - 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam - by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).

Out of 3.29 crore applicants for the NRC, 2.89 crores have been found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released in Guwahati on Monday morning.

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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. All Assam Students' Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the draft publication is "a historic moment after the signing of the Assam Accord".

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