NRC final list unlikely before 2019 Lok Sabha polls
GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court extended dates for filing claims and objections from 25th November to 25th December, but it seems that the final list of the National register of Citizens (NRC) is improbable to be published before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
A highly placed source in NRC headquarters, talking to G Plus said, “The final list will not be printed before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”
The source revealed that the deadline for issuing notices to claimants, after digitisation and completion of all formalities, is January 15, 2019.
The verification of their claims would begin on February 1 next year. Further details of the time schedule, including the time for completion of verification/enquiry of the claims, will follow at the appropriate time.
The source said that if the verification starts in February, there will be again hearing dates given by the Supreme Court and the Lok Sabha polls will be slated by March or April. Therefore, it will be difficult to publish the complete NRC final list before the Lok Sabha polls.
The source said that till now around 4.5 lakhs claims have been registered but the number of objections is less at around 180. Therefore, it shows that people do not have objections with the names which are published in the draft lists.
The Supreme Court also allowed claimants for Assam NRC to rely on five documents – NRC of 1951, voter list of 1966, voter list of 1971, refugee registration certificate till 1971 and the ration card issued till 1971.
The complete draft of the Supreme Court-monitored NRC was published on July 30. It included the names of 2.9 crore of the total 3.29 crore applicants.
Regarding the Gorkhas, the source revealed that they will not be left out of the NRC if they are genuine citizens as they will also be treated as “original inhabitants.”