GUWAHATI, Aug 31 - The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on Saturday excluding names of 19,06,657 persons who had applied for inclusion of names in the citizenship document. However, the list of names of the persons excluded from the NRC has not been made public. Now, any person not satisfied with the outcome of the verdicts on claims and objections would be able to approach the foreigners tribunals.
Giving details of the process, State coordinator Prateek Hajela in a press release said that the process of NRC update was started in Assam as per the order of the Supreme Court in 2013. Since then, the apex court has been closely monitoring the entire process. The process of NRC update in Assam differs from the rest of the country and is governed by Rule 4A and the corresponding Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. These rules have been framed as per the cut-off date of March 24 (midnight), 1971 decided as per the Assam Accord.
The process of receipt of NRC application forms started in May-end, 2015 and it concluded on August 31, 2015. A total of 3,30,27,661 members applied through 68,37,660 applications. The particulars submitted by the applicants were taken up for scrutiny to determine
eligibility of their inclusion in the NRC.
The NRC update is a mammoth exercise involving around 52,000 State government officials working for a prolonged period. All decisions of inclusion and exclusion are taken by these statutory officers. The entire process of NRC update has been meticulously carried out in an objective and transparent manner, the release said, adding, adequate opportunity of being heard has been given to all persons at every stage of the process.
The entire process is conducted as per statutory provisions and due procedure was followed at every stage. As per orders of the Supreme Court, the draft NRC (complete draft) was published on July 30, 2018 where 2,89,83,677 numbers of persons were found eligible for inclusion. Thereafter, claims were received from 36,26,630 numbers of persons against exclusions. Verification was also carried out for persons included in the draft NRC under Clause 4(3) of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. Objections were received against inclusion of 1,87,633 persons whose names had appeared in the complete draft. Another additional draft exclusions list was published on June 26, 2019 wherein 1,02,462 persons were excluded.
Taking into account all the persons already included and after disposal of all claims and objections, and proceedings under Clause 4(3), it has been found that a total of 3,11,21,004 numbers of persons are found eligible for inclusion in the final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 numbers of persons, including those who did not submit claims.
From 10 am of August 31 onwards, the hard copies of the supplementary list of inclusions have been made available for public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs), offices of the deputy commissioners and offices of the circle officers during office hours. The status of both inclusion and exclusion can also be viewed online in the NRC website (www.nrcassam.nic.in). Any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the claims and objections can file appeal before the foreigners tribunals, the release said.