New Delhi: Over 19 lakh people have been excluded from the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam, which was released on Saturday. The list which excluded 19,06,677 people named 3,11,21,004 persons as Indian citizens. The much-awaited list was released online at http://www.nrcassam.nic.in.
As a precautionary measure, adequate arrangements were made to ensure that there is no law and order problem post the publication of the NRC. “The law and order situation is normal across the state. We have already done a sensitivity and vulnerability assessment and asked the concerned police to remain alert. Deployment of forces has been done to ensure that there is no problem,” Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Kuladhar Saikia stated.
Meanwhile, a day ahead of the publication of the final NRC draft, CM Sarbananda Sonowal had said that the Assam government will take care of the cause of the excluded people and due care will be taken so that nobody is subjected to any “unnecessary harassment”. The CM further asserted a person cannot be treated as “foreigner” as long as the appellant’s plea remains sub-judice with the Foreigner’s Tribunal.
Notably, the Assam government will establish 400 Foreigners Tribunals in the state to deal with the cases of people who are excluded from the final NRC draft. Additional Chief Secretary (Home Political) Kumar Sanjay Krishna said the process is already on to set up 200 such tribunals and 200 more will be set up soon for the benefit of the excluded people.
The Foreigners’ Tribunals are Quasi judicial courts mandated to hear appeals of those excluded from the NRC. “The tribunals will be established in convenient locations to ensure that filing and hearing of appeals is smooth and efficient,” said Krishna.
“People left out of the final NRC are not be detained under any circumstances till Foreigners Tribunals declare their decisions. These people can first approach the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) and subsequently move higher courts if not satisfied with the FT ruling,” he said adding that the state government will also make necessary arrangements to provide legal aid to those exclude from NRC by providing all assistance through the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA).
He said the process of updation of NRC is being carried out by the Registrar General of India and the entire process is under the direct monitoring of the Supreme Court.
“Under the provisions of Foreigners Act, 1946 and Foreigners Tribunal Order, 1964, only Foreigner Tribunals are empowered to declare a person as a foreigner. Thus, non-inclusion of a person’s name in the NRC does not by itself amount to him/her being declared a foreigner,” Krishna clarified.
“The Government of India has also extended the time-limit for filing of appeals from 60 days to 120 days, and necessary amendment in this regard has been made in the Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019,” he added.
The NRC Assam final draft will be published on the official website nrcassam.nic.in but one can also check them by visiting their respective NRC Sewa Kendra. Apart from the official website, people can also check their names at assam.mygov.in and assam.gov.in. If the server is down, people can visit their respective NRC Seva Kendra and check their names in the final draft of the NRC.