Assam Govt Firm On NRC Re-Verification Demand

⦁ The Assam government said that it sticks to its demand of 10-20% re-verification of names included in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published last year, even as it continued its criticism of former NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela.
⦁ Around 19 lakh applicants were left out of the NRC. The NRC process has hit a stonewall as the rejection orders to the 19 lakh excluded persons — which will allow them to appeal against the exclusion in the Foreigners’ Tribunals — is yet to be issued.
⦁ In July last year, the Assam government and the Centre petitioned the Supreme Court for such a re-verification exercise, but it was dismissed by the apex court after Hajela submitted that re-verification of 27% names was already done.
⦁ The final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on July 30, 2018.
⦁ The final list excluded the names of around 40 lakh people.
⦁ Of the 3.29 crore people who had filled in their applications, only 2.89 crore found their names in the draft list.
⦁ The issue was raised in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session, with Opposition leaders protesting against the move.
⦁ Those who figured in electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971, or who are descendants of such citizens, are eligible for inclusion in the updated NRC.