Citizenship of 17.4 lakh people proven
The citizenship of around 17.4 lakh people has been verified out of a total of about 47 lakh applicants whose panchayat documents have been rejected by Guwahati High Court.
National Register of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator Prateek Hajela revealed that 29 lakh rejected documents were pending for the time being.
The High Court had refused residency certificates issued by gram panchayats for the NRC update. The order was subsequently challenged by the All Minority Students Union (AMSU) and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). Both the organisations have submitted a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court. The next hearing on 15th November 2017 is expected to lead to a judgment on the 29 lakh applications.
Hajela added that the verification of all the documents had been almost complete.
There 11.5 lakhs applicants from Guwahati out of a total of 3.29 crore from the entire state. He refused to reveal the number of people whose name would not figure in the final list.
Hajela asks genuine citizens not to panic
People whose names do not figure in the NRC will have a chance to claim their citizenship if they had entered Assam before 24th March 1971 – the cut-off date specified in the Assam Accord.
Hajela informed, “It is a draft list and not final. If a genuine citizen’s name does not appear in the list, he can submit his claim which will be examined. The final list will be published only after this process is completed. He specified a timeframe of approximately six months for completion of the process.
Hajela explained that after the draft list is published and claims and objections are received, the genuine citizens would be explained why their names did not appear in the list. He said the people whose names do not appear in the final list can approach the Foreigner’s Tribunal for raising objections.
Meanwhile All Assam Students Union Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said that he as full faith on the Supreme Court which is observing the NRC updating process and if any illegal Bangladeshi’s name appears in the list it can be objected and objection for the same could be filed. Bhattacharya said, “If any illegal Bangladeshi migrant’s name appears in the list anyone can file an objection.” He further said that AASU has appealed to the government that the verification process should be thoroughly verified so that illegal Bangladeshi names do not enter the list.
Police prepared for NRC, claims DGP
Amidst fear of a minority backlash when the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) is published in Assam, the state Director General of Police (DGP) MukeshSahay claimed that the police is prepared for any kind of law and order situation.
Sahay said that a detailed plan for prevention of disturbances would be chalked out before the draft NRC is published in consultation with the home ministry. The state government has already sought central paramilitary forces from the Centre to be deployed in the state.
Assam Chief Minister SarbanandaSonowal at a public meeting in upperAssam recently said that certain forces were trying to create confusion and fear psychosis among the people, and the government would ensure that all genuine citizens are included in the NRC .
Assam Public Works (APW) president Abhijeet Sharma said that the central and the state government will tackle the law and order situation and said, “The government should shoot the people at sight disrupting the NRC process.”