One lakh more people excluded from NRC in Assam

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Guwahati: Over a lakh people have been excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam after an additional list of exclusions was published on Wednesday.

The additional exclusion list named 1.02 lakh people whose names figured in the draft citizens’ list published in July last year but were subsequently found ineligible for inclusion.

In a press release, the state coordinator said, “The Additional Draft Exclusion List will not contain the results of claimants and objectees appearing for hearings held for disposal of Claims and Objections during the period 15th February 2019 to 26th June, 2019. The results of those hearings will be published only in the Final NRC to be published on 31st July 2019. Starting at 10 am on 26th June 2019, the hard copies of the Additional Draft Exclusion List will be available for public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the Deputy Commissioner/ SDO (Civil)/ Circle Officer during office hours.”

The NRC draft list released in July last year had the names of 40 lakh people missing. Now, the process of claims and objections is being executed by the authorities under the monitoring of the Supreme Court.

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The final NRC will be published on July 31, 2019. The excluded people will have the chance to file their claims at the designated NRC help centres by July 11.

The people who have been excluded will be informed individually through letters to be delivered at their residential addresses.

The Assam citizens’ list is being updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration into Assam from neighbouring Bangladesh.

A person whose name is not part of the NRC can approach any such tribunal with a certified copy of the rejection order received from the NRC authorities along with the grounds for appeal.

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