Amid the high insecurity among the Assam residents over the exclusion of their names from the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the final NRC list of the citizens have been published by the Government of India on August 31. Around 19,06,657 people from Assam were not found eligible to be included in the final list, while 3,11,21,004 could make it to the list.
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“A total of 3,11,21,004 have been found eligible for inclusion in final NRC list, leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit their claims,” said Prateek Hajela, State Coordinator, NRC, quoted TOI. Hajela, however, gave a message to those not included in the final list or not satisfied with the outcome. “Those not satisfied with the outcome can file an appeal before Foreigners Tribunals.” added Hajela leaving no scope for any panicky situation.
Notably, the final draft of the NRC list was published by the Indian government on July 30, 2019. Around 40 lakh individuals from Assam were excluded from the list and were given the chance to appeal for their inclusion based on the submission of the required documents. The government had appealed to the citizens to not panic over the outcome as those not included in the list still have a chance to appeal. Though, the Indian government has not declared the fate of those not included in the final list.
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The whole process aims at identifying the real nationals of India, thereby easing the task to identify those immigrants who entered the nation from neighbouring Bangladesh after the midnight of March 24, 1971. As per Amit Shah’s July 2019 addressing to the Rajya Sabha, those living in the nation illegally must be deported to their original nation as per international law.
“Currently, the NRC is a part of Assam Accord. The centre – as per it’s election manifesto – is dedicated to weaning out all illegal immigrants from every inch of this country. We will make sure that all such immigrants are deported as per international law,” said Shah in Rajya Sabha in July this year, quoted News18 Network. The matter of NRC is, however, under the supervision of the Supreme Court of India as the apex court itself passed the order to update the NRC list in 2013.
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The country’s Home Minister Amit Shah has scheduled a meeting with all the chief ministers of complete North East region of the nation on September 8. Speculations are high on some high-voltage action from the ‘quietly aggressive’ union home minister of the nation soon. Though, prima facie, it looks like Shah may be meeting the CMs of the north-eastern part of the nation to understand the law and order situation in the region after the declaration of the final list of NRC.