Assam NRC Final Draft List Live Updates: Amid an uproar by opposition parties over the second and final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was released on Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that no person excluded from the draft will be declared a foreigner as such powers are vested only with tribunals where one can approach for remedies. “The NRC is a list of the state’s citizens and exclusion of name does not automatically make anyone a foreigner,” an official said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said he will not allow anyone to disrupt peace and law and order in the state over the issue. “While people have welcomed the draft NRC, certain sections are trying to destabilise and spread lies. People of Assam have always lived with peace and harmony. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace and law and order,” the CM tweeted.
The Congress, on the other hand, said the government must immediately convene an all-party meet and discuss with the opposition the proposed steps to ensure no Indian citizen is left out. “The government must immediately call a meeting of leaders of all parties and should inform about the steps it proposes to take,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said, adding that it would be proper if the meeting is called on Tuesday.
The final draft of NRC, which was released amid tight security, incorporated names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out. Asking people whose names were left out not to panic, Registrar General of India Sailesh said the process for making claims and objections would begin on August 30 and continue till September 28. The government has set December 31 as the last date to complete the final process. Read full story here.