What Happens After The NRC?

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What Happens After The NRC?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 31, 2019 12:29 hrs

After failing to meet several deadlines, the ill-fated NRC is finally going to be out. The question is, will this document sort the confusion around the identity of the people in Assam?

While that is a question which will be answered in the coming weeks, a burning question that needs some answers is what happens to people whose names have not appeared in the list.

A source revealed that around 40 lakh people whose names were missing, have de facto been divided into two groups; one group of 36 lakh people who have filed for re-verification and the second group of around 4 lakh people who have not raised any query as to why their names are not in the list.

The immediate observations could be that these people are actual “foreigners” who do not have the necessary documents and are afraid to file for re-verification or it could also be that people do not consider the NRC “important enough.” Since the action-to-be-taken against people who do not have their name on the NRC is not clarified, people could still be waiting to action on it. After all, people are busy working for their daily bread.

While the people whose names will not be there on the final list will have to deal with a series of court visits in the days to come, some sources also revealed that the 4 lakh remaining people will have a case filed against them seeking justification as to why they haven’t filed for re-verification.

This clearly means that the NRC exercise is far from over and there is still a lot of work to be done. The Foreigners’ Tribunals and Appellate Courts are going to be a hotbed of news and incidents and the SC is going to have its hands full.

However, every source at this point said that fear or panic is not going to help this situation and the fear of prisoners’ camps and detention centres is unwarranted.

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