A decision to update the NRC was taken in 2005 by former PM Manmohan Singh in a tripartite meeting to review the Assam Accord.
Responding to the charge, Singh said that the NRC was being demanded by the people of Assam and "government has no role in it". Clearly, after spending close to 1,200 crore, the execution of this critical and highly sensitive exercise has been tardy. "The Government must move swiftly to resolve this crisis", he added. The list released by the government includes 28,983,677 citizens, while 40 lakh have been left out.
In New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sought to allay fears about Assam. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country.
Addressing the media after the Assam NRC final draft was released on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Bengalis and Biharis living in Assam were being targeted, and said that they are "Indians, not Rohingya". Is the Government trying to do forceful eviction? The biggest challenge for India would be to deal with these people who will become stateless if their names do not make it to the final list.
The part draft, published on December 31 previous year, had the names of 1.9 crore people.
The names of Samir Das, a Bengali-speaking Hindu businessman in Assam's eastern town of Hojai, and his family, were missing, he told television journalists.
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The All Assam Students Union (AASU) has also set up a 24-hour control room at its central office to help people. If all these names do not make it to the final list, then they would lose their Indian citizenship, as a result of which they would have to be deported to their home country.
Urging people not to create panic, he also said that if anyone was not satisfied with the final draft of the NRC, that person would get an opportunity to file claims and objections as per provisions in the law and also approach the Foreigners' Tribunal.
The final draft is available for perusal at all the NRC sewa kendras (NSKs) in the state.
The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, wherein the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. Asking where these 40 lakh people will go, Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TMC asked the Centre to ensure that justice should not be denied to the people who have been living in Assam for decades now.
# 10:24 am: Every person whose name was in the first.draft but is missing from the final draft will be given an individual letter to file a claim for her/his non-inclusion during claims and objections: Sailesh, Registrar General.
The draft NRC was published on Monday with the names of about 40 lakh residents of Assam not being included.