The Citizen’s Register sets out to identify foreign nationals in an area bordering Bangladesh and where migration has been an issue that has led to violence between communities.
The government on Thursday sought to reduce apprehensions in Assam as the publication of the final National Citizenship Register (NRC) expired, reiterating that those excluded would not automatically be declared foreign and that people Should not believe the rumours.
The administration in Assam also increased security and issued orders banning the use of large gatherings and loudspeakers in some areas considered sensitive for violence, including parts of the state capital Guwahati.
The Citizen’s Register sets out to identify foreign nationals in an area bordering Bangladesh and where migration has been an issue that has led to violence between communities. The process of updating the register began in 2013 following a Supreme Court order that required nearly 33 million people in the state to prove that they were Indian citizens before 24 March 1971.
A draft NRC excluded 4.1 million of these applicants – the final list has been ordered to be revealed on 31 August.
A government spokesperson said, “Everyone from the last NRC can appeal to the tribunal of foreigners.” On 20 August, the Union Home Ministry doubled the time limit to appeal against the boycott from the NRC to 120 days.
A senior home ministry official said, “In the final NRC list, there has been a continuous effort to reach out to those people to challenge non-inclusion that they cannot be included and there is no need to panic.” , What was said.
The exclusion has raised fears that people will be left to exclusively Muslim applicants, as the government plans a law to grant citizenship to people of other religions separately – in neighboring countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan Are in the minority.
The final list will be in the form of a supplementary list which will reflect the status of those who were left out in the draft released in July, 2018.
In addition, it would show the status of those who faced objections to the alleged “incorrect inclusion” of their names in the list.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hinted on 19 August that the state government may seek a legislative alternative to deal with the “wrong inclusion” of some names after the publication of the final NRC.
Major state political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and the All India United Democratic Front, have expressed apprehension that the names of many genuine Indian citizens may be dropped, while those illegal foreigners may be included.
Similar doubts have been voiced by the original petitioner – Assam Public Works (APW) – whose writ petition before the Supreme Court led to the NRC updation under the supervision of the apex court.