Assam NRC 2019: The NRC aims to identify illegal settlers in the state of Assam. However, the Centre has made it clear people whose names are missing from the final list will not be declared as foreigners immediately.
Assam NRC final list 2019: An uneasy calm prevails in Assam as the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) 2019 list has been released. Names of 3.11 crore applicants have been included in final NRC, while 19.07 lakh have been excluded. The authorities have imposed Section 144 in 12 districts of the state to prevent law and order situation going out of control after the release of the final NRC list, which has been prepared to separate illegal immigrants from legal residents of the state.
A statement from NRC State Coordinator’s office said that the Supplementary List of Inclusions can be availed at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the deputy commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours.
“A total of 3,11,21,004 persons found eligible for inclusion in final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit their claims. Those not satisfied with outcome can file appeal before Foreigners Tribunals,” Prateek Hajela, NRC State Coordinator, told news agency ANI.
Top 10 things you need to know:
1. The NRC aims to identify illegal settlers in the state of Assam. However, the Centre has made it clear people whose names are missing from the final list will not be declared as foreigners immediately. People can check their names in the NRC list online or at the NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK) set up by the government.
2. The government said it will provide legal assistance to such people. Those who have been left on the final NRC list can appeal to the Foreigners Tribunal within 120 days from the release of the list. Earlier, this limit was 60 days.
3. Addressing the prevalent fear of being deported among lakhs of people, the government has said that no one will be put in detention centres. The Home Ministry said that nearly 1,000 Foreigners Tribunals will be set up to hear the claims.
4. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has appealed people to maintain peace in the state and assured that nobody will be subjected to any ‘unnecessary harassment’.
5. As long as the appellant’s plea remains sub-judice with the Foreigner’s Tribunal, he or she cannot be treated as a foreigner, CM Sonowal said in a statement.
6. Assam has turned into a virtual fortress with over 60,000 policemen being deployed across the region to prevent the situation from getting out of control. The Centre has also rushed additional 20,000 paramilitary forces to maintain peace in the state in wake of NRC.
7. The situation in the state is “calm, quiet and under control,” Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia told PTI. “Assam police is prepared for any kind of situation,” he added.
8. The process of NRC updation, which is being done for the first time in Assam since 1951, was done under the watch of the Supreme Court. The first draft of the NRC, released on July 30, 2018, had left out nearly 40 lakh people triggering a huge controversy. The Supreme Court had ordered updation of NRC to identify bonafide citizens in 2013, however, the actual process could begin only in February, 2015.
9. Several political parties have raised questions over what they described as faulty inclusions and exclusions in the NRC final list.
10. The NRC is being seen as the second major move of the Narendra Modi government in the second term after it abrogated Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories.