Guwahati: The much-anticipated second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published today with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, Registrar General of India Sailesh said here.
The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity. The first draft of the NRC was published during the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 this year, containing 1.9 crore names. “This is a historic day for India and Assam. The exercise is unparalleled in size. It is a legal process done under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court,” Sailesh said at a press conference.
The exercise was carried out in a transparent, fair, objective manner, he stated. The NRC will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971. Talking about people whose names did not appear in the final draft, Sailesh said, “The process for making claims and objections will begin on August 30 and continue till September 28. Adequate and ample scope will be given to people for making objections. No genuine Indian citizen should have any fear.” The application process for the NRC started in May 2015 and a total of 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families across Assam, he added.
In the meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has urged people to refrain from making “inflammatory” remarks in the wake of publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), an official release said. During an all-party meeting last night, the CM appreciated the role of the people of Assam in successful completion of the “herculean task” of preparing the NRC, under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, it said. They also requested people not to panic if their names did not appear on the list as “all genuine applicants would get ample time for claims and objections”.
“The first draft of NRC was published (on the midnight of December 31, 2017) in a very peaceful environment. I appeal to the people of the state to maintain the same environment on the aftermath of publication of the final draft,” the release said quoting the CM. The government would not tolerate any “communal remarks” on the NRC and people must work jointly to thwart all “evil designs of divisive forces”, he added.