4 million left out of the latest draft citizenship register for India’s Assam state

4 million left out of the latest draft citizenship register for India’s Assam state

Guwahati (Assam) July 30 (PTI): Out of the 32 million applications received by the National Register of Citizens (NRC), in Assam, the names of around 4 million people have not been included in the second and “final draft.”

But this is not the “final list” as submissions can be made in August and September and the final list will be released by December 31, 2018.

The first draft, released in December 2017 had the names of a little less than 20 million people.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Monday, Registrar General Sailesh  said adequate opportunity would be given to those whose names are not included in the final draft.

“This is a historic day for India and Assam. The exercise is unparalleled in size. It is a legal process done under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court. The process has been completely transparent, fair, objective and meticulously carried out,” he said.

Sailesh said that 2,89,83,677 names have been found eligible for inclusion. He reiterated Union Minister Rajnath Singh’s assurance that the missing names will not be referred to the Foreigners’ Tribunal nor would they be taken to the detention center until they exhaust all forms of appeal.

The process of objections and claims will begin on August 30, he said.

“The process for making claims and objections will begin on August 30 and continue till September 28. Adequate and ample scope will be given to people for making objections. No genuine Indian citizen should have any fear,” he said.

On a question whether those left out of the list would be allowed to vote if elections were to be conducted tomorrow, Sailesh said: “Electoral process is handled by a different authority. So far as the NRC is concerned, I assure each and every person not to have fear or panic.”

Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (North East) Ministry of Home Afffais, who was also present at the press conference, said that every person whose name was in the first draft but is missing from final draft will be given an individual letter to appeal against her/his non-inclusion.

He also warned those looking to foment trouble.

“We are committed to maintaining law and order. We are confident law and order will be maintained at any cost. We have given sufficient assurance to the state government. If anyone creates mischief, they will be strictly dealt with,” Garg said.

The NRC will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971.

(The featured image at the top shows people of Nangoan checking their names on the final draft of Assam’s  National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday, July 30, 2018. PTI  Photo)