Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

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

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

National Register of Citizens (NRC) officials check the names of the residents in the final list at a NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK).

"Although we have been told that we can apply once again to get our names enlisted in the citizenship list, we are anxious about our future", said Nur Banu, a 45-year-old woman from the Darrang district, whose family of six was missing from the list.

Supporting the publication of the NRC complete draft in Assam, he said some politicians are "shedding crocodile tears" as they are wary that their "vote bank" politics will come to an end.

The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft that has courted controversy, and kept citizens of Assam on edge for a while now, has finally been released today.

"A joint resolution was reached wherein every party promised to let people know that those who don't find a mention in the NRC final draft need not worry as they would get a chance in the claims and objections rounds".

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Over 40 lakh people in Assam have been left out from the NRC, which is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in the state.

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.

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The names of Samir Das, a Bengali-speaking Hindu businessman in Assam's eastern town of Hojai, and his family, were missing, he told television journalists.

He assured thatpeople, who have been left out of the list can file claims and objections inthe Higher Administrative level and later in the Foreigners' Tribunal.

The home minister also said that there is "no question of any coercive action against anyone", while stressing the NRC process is "being carried out with complete fairness and transparency".

"This is just a draft and not the final list" India's census commissioner Sailesh, who uses only one name, told reporters in Guwahati, the state's principal city.

Sonowal had also directed the officials not to refer any case to the Foreigners' Tribunal based on the NRC draft list. It comprised 1.9 crore names out of the total application of 3.29 crore people in Assam.

"For this remarkable feat, I extend my heartiest congratulations to the 55,000 officials engaged in the process of updating NRC and the people living across the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, plains and hills of the state", he said. The candidates are welcome to check their names by visiting the NRC website and through SMS.

The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has also taken a special initiative to set up a 24-hour control room in order to help and inform people regarding the same.

The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in Assam.

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