Around 41 lakh people are anticipating to figure out their names in the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) which got published at 10 am on August 31st, 2019. The list which is available on the official website of the NRC will determine a person’s citizenship as an Indian.
While many people are waiting for their names to be figured in the final list, you do not have to panic as there are host of options to follow post the publication.
Here’s a list of the options for those who are excluded from the final NRC list:
- The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has mentioned that a person can file an appeal in a Foreigners Tribunal (FT) if his/her name does not figure in the list. The time limit to file an appeal has been extended from 60 to 120 days.
- At least 1000 tribunals will be set up in phases to hear appeals and disputes.
- A total of 100 tribunals are already set up in Assam and 200 more will be set up in the first week of September.
- If a person loses a hearing in an FT, he/she can approach the High Court or move to the Supreme Court.
- People who will be excluded in the final list of NRC will not be immediately declared as foreigners. Only, an FT has the right to declare a person foreigner.
- No one can be put into detention centres until all legal options get exhausted.
It may be mentioned that the NRC update is to identify Indian citizens from amongst all the residents of Assam thereby leading to identification of illegal migrants residing in Assam, who entered Indian territories after the midnight of March 24th, 1971 and to determine the citizenship of the applicants who have applied for inclusion of their names in the updated NRC.
On August 31st, 2019, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people of Assam to not panic if their names do not figure in the final list as they can approach the respective Foreigners Tribunal(FT).
The Assam government said that it will provide legal aid to the ‘needy’ whose names do not figure in 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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