Over 1 lakh more excluded in fresh Assam NRC list

Additional exclusion list to draft NRC published in Assam
People wait to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam. File Photo: Reuters.

Guwahati: An additional exclusion list comprising the names of 1,02,462 persons to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in Assam on Wednesday.

The persons whose names appear in the additional exclusion list are the ones who were included in the draft NRC published on July 30 last year but subsequently found ineligible.

According to a statement issued by the state coordinator of NRC, the list has been published as per provisions of Clause 5 of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules 2003.

The draft published on July 30, 2018, included the names of 2.9 crore people out of total applications of 3.29 crore. Forty lakh people were left out in the draft.

The central government had mooted an updated NRC in 1999 to tackle the illegal immigration and pilot projects were started in Dhubri and Barpeta districts. However, the project was halted following riots in Barpeta. In 2009, an NGO moved the Supreme Court following which the new NRC exercise was started in 2014 under the apex court's supervision.

Immediately after the final draft was released, the Supreme Court had stated that the process will continue but all those whose names haven't been included on the list must get a fair chance to prove their claims.

The NRC in Assam is being updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court and the final list is scheduled to be released on July 31.

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