30 lakh reapply for inclusion in Assam NRC -Rahul Karmakar
Exercise of claims ends; 600 objections have been filed
GUWAHATI: About 30 lakh of the 40.07 lakh people left out of the final draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) published five months ago have applied again for inclusion during the claims and objections round that ended on Monday.
During the phase, 600 objections also came in from those who doubted the citizenship of others included in the draft.
The window for 40.07 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants excluded from the complete draft was opened on September 25. It was to have closed on December 15, but the Supreme Court, which is monitoring the exercise, extended the last day to December 31 after the Assam government said the panchayat election, held on December 5 and 9, had robbed the people and officials of precious time.
NRC officials said the pace of submission of claims had picked up in the last fortnight. “As of Sunday, 30 lakh of those excluded from the complete draft reapplied. With some more submitting their claims today [on Monday], the reapplication works out to 75%,” an official said.
A.B. Khandakar, a Guwahati-based activist, said the number of applications increased after a clause was removed from the standard operating procedure issued by the Centre. That clause had made documents obtained after August 31, 2015, “inadmissible” for claims.
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