Guwahati: The Assam government on August 1st, 2019 presented the district-wise data of the people included, excluded in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at the summer session of the ongoing Assam Legislative Assembly.
The data suggested that inclusion of people residing in areas bordering Bangladesh – with Muslim domination – was more in comparison to districts with indigenous domination. The data was submitted by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary at the Assembly in response to a query raised during the Zero Hour suggesting for re-verification of the applications included in the NRC. Patowary informed that 12.15 per cent applicants’ names were excluded from the final draft of the NRC.
It may be mentioned that last year NRC co-ordinator Prateek Hajela had submitted the district-wise data in a sealed cover to the Supreme Court. The data was made confidential owing to its ‘sensitive nature’.
According to a report by The Hindu, Patowary said that 90 per cent names of people in four Muslim-dominated districts bordering Bangladesh had been included – Dhubri with 91.78 per cent, Karimganj with 92.33 per cent, Hailakandi with 91.96 per cent and South Salmara with 92.78 per cent in the draft NRC. Also, two other Muslim dominated districts like Barpeta and Nagaon had names of 86.6 per cent and 85.8 per cent people in the NRC list.
Additionally, the Minister informed the House that in the tribal-dominated districts like Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong, Baksa and Sonitpur, 14-15 per cent people have been excluded. The river island Majuli district had the lowest exclusion rate with 1.62 per cent followed by Upper Assam’s Charaideo district at 2.88 per cent.
It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court which aims to weed out illegal immigrants through the publication of the NRC on July 23rd, 2019 extended the deadline for publication of the NRC from July 31st, 2019 to August 31st, 2019.
The top court had also declined the prayer by Centre and Assam for conducting re-verification of names to check wrongful inclusions or exclusions, especially in bordering districts of the state.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, a partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 28,983,677 persons were found eligible out of 32,991,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC.
The NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons.