The Assam government said that it will provide legal aid to the ‘needy’ whose names do not figure in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Besides the state government, opposition parties and other local organizations have also come forward to provide full assistance to the bonafide people who will be left out of the final NRC.
It may be mentioned that the NRC exercise conducted to segregate the Indian citizens from the illegal immigrants who entered the Indian territory after March 25th, 1971, under the guidelines of the Supreme Court is slated to publish its final draft on August 31st, 2019.
This legal assistance has come forward after people had voiced their apprehensions of what will happen next if their names do not figure out in the NRC list. The State government assured to provide legal aid to the people through District Legal Services Authorities.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people in the state to not panic if their names do not appear in the final NRC.
Meanwhile, the Assam police have made adequate security arrangements to maintain law and order before and after the publication of the final NRC.
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 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 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.
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