Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on August 30th, 2019 appealed to the people of the state not to panic if their names do not figure in the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) which is going to publish on August 31st, 2019.
Sonowal took to his social media handles – Facebook and Twitter and shared a video where he said, “People of the state need not to panic if they do not find their names in the final NRC as the Ministry of Home Affairs has clearly notified that they can appeal to Foreigners Tribunals (FTs).”
“Also, for the convenience of the people, the time period for filing appeals has been increased from 60 to 120 days. So, as long as there is an appeal in an FT, people needn’t worry because to declare a person foreigner is the only authority of an FT,” said Sonowal.
He further assured the people that everyone will be taken special care of and the state government will provide legal assistance to whoever requires it. “I appeal the people to maintain peace in Assam and tomorrow we will have a smooth publication of NRC,” said Sonowal.
The final NRC will be published on August 31st, 2019 and the status of all NRC applicants will be available online from September 7th, 2019.
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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