New Delhi: Assam government today released the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) list with names of 28,983,677 citizens. However around 40 lakh people have been left out of the draft list.
Officials have clarified that nobody will be deported on the basis of second draft and people will be given opportunity to put forth their claims.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has urged calm after the release of second citizenship draft. In a release the CM said: “The first draft of NRC was published (on the midnight of December 31, 2017) in a very peaceful environment. I appeal to the people of the state to maintain the same environment on the aftermath of publication of the final draft.”
Security has been beefed up and the Central Armed Police Forces have been deployed at vulnerable points in the state to avoid any law and order situation.
The state’s NRC has been updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration from neighbouring Bangladesh. The recount is seen by critics as a move to target Assam’s Muslim population on the pretext of weeding out Bangladeshi migrants.
“Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear… This is a draft and not the final list,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.
Notably, the first draft of the NRC, released on 31 December, confirmed the citizenship of 19 million people, leading to jubilation for some and heartbreak among others.
The NRC office, however, told the Supreme Court this month that 150,000 people from the first list, a third of them married women, would be dropped from the next one, mainly because they provided false information or gave inadmissible documents.