New Delhi, Aug 4: National Register of Citizens (NRC) Coordination Prateek Hajela has stated that the date for the release of NRC Assam final list will be indicated by the Supreme Court. The statement comes a few days after NRC Assam Final Draft list was released and reports emerged that December 31 has been set as the deadline for publishing of the final list. (ALSO READ – Some Trying to Create Atmosphere of Fear: Rajnath Singh’s Veiled Attack at Mamata Banerjee) Also Read - Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Notice Adjourned for Two weeks by SC
However on July 31, Hajela had clarified that December 31 has been fixed for budgeting exercise and not as the deadline for the release of final NRC list. “It is wrong, no date has been fixed as the deadlines can only be fixed by the court. The date of December 31, has been fixed for budgeting exercise,” he told the Supreme Court when questioned about the matter. (ALSO READ – Will 40 Lakh People Not on NRC Final Draft List Deprived of Their Voting Rights?) Also Read - A Veteran Leader And Son of Soil, Tarun Gogoi Rebuilt Congress in Assam | Obituary
The NRC Assam Final Draft list was released on Monday. It included 2.89 crore names out of 3.29 crore people and left out over 40 lakh others. Out of the 40,70,707 people not in the list, names of 37,59,630 have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. Also Read - Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Passes Away at 84 After Long Battle With Illness
Explaining the future course of action after the publication of draft NRC, Hajela said people whose names do not feature in the list can file claims and objections regarding inclusion and exclusion from August 30 to September 28. He said till August 7, the draft NRC will be displayed or made available to them through seva kendras. “From August 8, 2018, onwards the people who have been left out of the second draft can approach the local registrar or the NRC seva kendra to find out the reasons for their non-inclusion,” he said.
The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 according to the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated.
Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.
The top court, which is monitoring the NRC work, had earlier said that the claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft NRC for Assam published by December 31 last year, would be scrutinised and included in the subsequent list, if found genuine.