/‘Not to panic’ on August 31 when final NRC list is not named: Assam’s CM

‘Not to panic’ on August 31 when final NRC list is not named: Assam’s CM

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday appealed to the people of the state not to panic if the final National Citizen Register (NRC) is not published on 31 August.

He said that the Union Home Ministry has already taken clear steps and procedures should be followed in the matter of removing names from the final NRC.

Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of a meeting, Sonowal said that the state government and the Center are doing everything possible to ensure the publication of error-free NRC.

“We are cooperating with the honor of the Supreme Court in the entire process,” he said.

The apex court has been monitoring NRC updation exercises since 2013.

Sonowal said he hoped the people of the state would continue to expand cooperation after the final NRC was published, as they did when the draft was published.

He appealed to the people not to panic if his name is not dropped from the last NRC.

Assam is the only state in the country where NRC updation is being carried out. It was first held in 1951.

In July last year, 40,07,707 people were excluded from the full draft NRC, which included 2,89,83,677 eligible persons out of a total of 3,29,91,384 applicants.

In June this year, another 1,02,462 names were added to the excluded individuals list, taking the number of ineligible to 41,10,169 in the full draft.

A partial draft of NRC was released on midnight of 31 December 2017.

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