Over one lakh people have been excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) released in Assam on Wednesday. The additional exclusion list has 1, 02,462 people whose names figured in the draft citizens’ list published in July last year but were subsequently found ineligible for inclusion.
It is for the first time since 1951 that the Assam citizens’ list is being updated to account for illegal migration into Assam from Bangladesh.
People whose names have been excluded from the additional list will be informed individually through Letters of Information (LoI) that will be delivered to them at their residential addresses. These people will have the opportunity to file their claims at the designated NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs) till July 11.
Their claims will be disposed of thereafter before the publication of the final National Register of Citizens on July 31.
According to a statement issued by the state coordinator of NRC, the list has been published as per provisions of Clause 5 of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules 2003.
The draft published on July 30, 2018, included the names of 2.9 crore people out of total applications of 3.29 crore. Forty lakh people were left out in the draft.
On Monday the state added another 1 lakh names to the list of those who have been left out of the NRC.
The NRC in Assam is being updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court and the final list is scheduled to be released on July 31.