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Assam NRC: Supreme Court extends NRC claims submission deadline to December 31

The Supreme Court on December 12, 2018 extended the deadline for the submission of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the first draft of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC)  to December 31, 2018. Earlier, the last date for submission was December 15.
 
Consequently, the process of commencement of verification has been shifted to February 15, 2019 from February 1.

The Assam government released the final draft of NRC on July 30, 2018. The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out.

Copies of draft NRC to be made available for inspection

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman directed that the copies of the draft NRC shall be made available for inspection to District Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Offices (Civil), Circle Offices and Gram Panchayats to facilitate filing of objections against wrongful inclusions.

The NRC Authority was ordered to accept List B documents that are found to be legally valid, regardless of the date of issuance of the same.

November 2018 ruling

The Supreme Court on November 1, 2018 fixed December 15 as the deadline for filing of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the NRC Draft.

The bench allowed claimants for Assam NRC to rely on five documents, which were earlier objected to by NRC coordinator, to prove their citizenship. All these documents will be subjected to a thorough process of verification and would be accepted only after complete satisfaction of the genuineness.

These five documents are:

1) Names in NRC, 1951

2) Names in Electoral Roll up to March 24, 1971

3) Citizenship Certificate and Refugee Registration Certificate

4) Certified copies of pre-1971 Electoral Roll, particularly, those issued by Tripura

5) Ration Card

National Register of Citizens of Assam

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list that contains names of Indian citizens of Assam.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.

The recently updated draft of the NRC includes the names of Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971.

First Draft of NRC

The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on December 31, 2017 and it incorporated the names of 1.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applicants.

The top court had earlier said that the claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft NRC for Assam published on December 31, 2017 would be scrutinised and included in the subsequent list, if found genuine.

Final Draft of NRC

The Assam government on July 30, 2018 released the second and final draft of the state’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).

As per the Draft, the total number of persons included in the list is 2,89,83,677 leaving a total of 40,70,707 as ineligible for inclusion. Out of 40,70,707 names, 37,59,630  names have been rejected and 2,48,077 names are kept on hold.

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