Assam NRC Final Publication Deadline Extended To August 31

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By Moderator July 24, 2019 12:35

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam from July 31 to August 31, 2019.

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  • This came after the NRC coordinator sought more time to ensure that draft lists and the list of new names (added after considering exclusion/inclusion) are published.
  • The Supreme Court also rejected pleas of the Centre and Assam in which they had sought 20 percent sample verification to find out wrongful inclusions or exclusions in the NRC.
    • The plea was dismissed after NRC coordinator told the Supreme Court that there was no need for further re-verification as over 72 lakh people had been re-verified already to consider exclusion/inclusion of names in the list.
  • Earlier, on NRC, both the Central and State governments have sought an extension.
    • The joint plea sought time to conduct a 20% sample re-verification process in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in the rest of the State to quell a “growing perception” that lakhs of illegal immigrants may have slipped into the list.
    • This, despite the State NRC Coordinator’s reports to the apex court suggesting that up to 27% of names have been reverified during the process of disposal of claims.

Background

  • The first draft NRC published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, 2018, had the names of 19 million people out of the total 32.9 million who had applied for inclusion as citizens.
  • The second draft NRC, published on July 30 last, upped it to 28.9 million but left out four million found ineligible. Around 3.6 million of them subsequently filed citizenship claims.
  • An “additional exclusion list” was issued last month containing 1,02,463 names included earlier in the draft list.
  • In anticipation of millions being ultimately left out, the Assam government is moving to set up 200 Foreigners’ Tribunals to handle cases of people to be excluded from the final NRC, as part of a larger plan to establish 1,000 such tribunals.
    • The State government is also preparing to construct 10 more detention centers; six are now running out of district jails.

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By Moderator July 24, 2019 12:35