Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Stage set for release of Assam's final NRC draft today

Stage set for release of Assam's final NRC draft today

The legally-binding list is being updated for the first time since 1951 to recognize Indian citizens living in Assam and identify those not legally living in the state. Additionally, on Sunday, CM Sarbananda Sonowal convened an all-party meeting where every party promised their support to the government in maintaining peace across the state. Bengalis living in Assam are being targetted. "It is not clear how another 36.5 lakh people were dropped (in the complete draft of NRC)", Bora said after release of complete draft of the NRC.

"Although we have been told that we can apply once again to get our names enlisted in the citizenship list, we are anxious about our future", said Nur Banu, a 45-year-old woman from the Darrang district, whose family of six was missing from the list.

"It's just Muslims who will likely have to go through a complicated, unfair appeal with no right to counsel, ending in no hope of staying if they lose", Ricken Patel, Avaaz executive director, said.

A first draft published last December included only 19 million people as legal citizens.

Mamta Banerjee slammed the NRC final draft by stating that the Assam government and the center played "divide and rule" politics. The state's BJP spokesman was not immediately available for comment, but India's home minister, Rajnath Singh, called the registration process impartial.

# 12:13 pm: People checking their names on the draft list at a National Register of Citizens Centre in Guwahati. All Assam Students' Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the draft publication is "a historic moment after the signing of the Assam Accord".

India was braced for unrest in its north eastern Assam state on Monday after the authorities declared some four million residents to be foreigners, effectively stripping them of their citizenship and raising fears of deportation.

The country's Supreme Court which has been supervising the registration, had initially set June 30 as the deadline to publish the draft list.

Urging people not to create panic, he also said that if anyone was not satisfied with the final draft of the NRC, that person would get an opportunity to file claims and objections as per provisions in the law and also approach the Foreigners' Tribunal.

At a press conference in Guwahati, Registrar General of India Sailesh announced that 2,89,83,677 people were found to be eligible for inclusion in the draft of the NRC out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants.

Within that period, the applicants can file their claims which will be resolved after proper hearings.

Soldiers stood guard at government offices, where thousands of people queued to check their names on the so-called National Register of Citizens (NRC), Reuters witnesses said. "I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear". "Some misinformation is also being spread.", he added.

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