SOON after The Second and Final Draft on Citizens of Assam was made public on Monday as per the Supreme Court’s direction, Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh said “Even if someone’s name is not in the final list he or she can approach the Foreigners’ Tribunal.” There is nothing to panic and said this is a draft and not the final list. The issue should not be politicized, he added as the TMC created furore over the issue in Parliament. An estimated four million residents are not listed the NRC prepared on the basis of a an agreement between the AASU and the governments of India and Assam as part of the Assam Accord in 1985 to grant citizenship to those who lived in the state before March 25,1971.“Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. This is a completely impartial report. No misinformation should be spread. No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic, he said .At a press conference in Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said 40 lakh people have been made refugees in their homeland by the BJP government. It is a humanitarian problem and an explosive situation which will have an adverse impact at national level. She is deputing a team to Assam to make an assessment of the post publication of the draft NRC and if necessary, she might visit the affected state.
The draft was released amid tight security. NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela, Registrar General Sailesh and Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (NE) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, addressed a press conference after releasing the much-anticipated list. Around 40 lakh people did not find mention in the final draft of NRC. “2,89,83,677 out of 3.29 crore applicants are eligible,” Sailesh said. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also assured that those who do not find their names in the list would get ample time to get it rectified and adequate opportunities would be given for filing claims and objections. The first draft was published on December 31, 2017, and the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. Sonowal congratulated the people of the state for the successful publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and said “the historic day will remain etched in their memories forever”. “For this remarkable feat, I extend my heartiest congratulations to the 55,000 officials engaged in updating NRC on process and the people living across the Brahmaputra valleys, plains and hills of the state, The Assam Tribune reported . “The process of publishing the final draft was carried out in cooperation with the Registrar General of India, along with the central and the state government officials, under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court.”(with inputs & images of Hindustan Times)