NRC Countdown Begins; Citizenship Status Of 3.29 Cr People To Be Decided
GUWAHATI: The final consolidated list of the names excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be made public on 31st August 2019. The Supreme Court of India recently ordered that the list of those excluded from the final Assam NRC be published online only on August 31.
The bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman said that like Aadhaar data, an appropriate regime be enacted for securing the Assam NRC data.
The apex court also said that the ongoing NRC exercise cannot be ordered to be reopened on the basis of certain legal challenges raised before it.
The apex court had earlier said that the final Assam NRC would be published on or by August 31. As the final NRC is set to be published, the citizenship status of 3.29 crore people will be decided.
An additional exclusion list comprising the names of 1,02,462 persons to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in Assam in July. With the release of the additional exclusion list, the NRC has so far excluded over 41 lakh people as around 40 lakh people were left out in the final draft NRC published in July last year. It is not that only these 41 lakh people are under verification process, the others among the 3.29 crore applicants will also know their final status on 31st August.
A highly placed source working closely with the NRC secretariat, talking to G Plus said, “Names included in the final draft NRC list and not in the additional exclusion list may also get excluded if the verification process finds the person doubtful,” explaining that only after 31st August it will be clear who all will be excluded and included in the final draft NRC list.
Meanwhile chief minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, indicated recently that any decision to challenge the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) through the legislative route could be discussed in future.
In a democracy, everyone has the right to ask questions. After the publication of the NRC on August 31, if necessary in future, whatever steps will be required the state government will take, expressed Sonowal when asked whether the government was exploring any legislative options to delay the publication.
The Centre and the state had both moved the Supreme Court in the past seeking re-verification of the documents of 20% of the 3.29 crore applicants in areas bordering Bangladesh as they fear wrongful inclusion and exclusion.
These moves are indirectly questioning the accuracy of the NRC updation process.