Final draft of NRC to be released on Monday amid security

People queue to check their names on the draft list of the National Register of Citizens in India's Assam state

People queue to check their names on the draft list of the National Register of Citizens in India's Assam state

Ultimately it is Bengal which will suffer.

# 13:15 pm: People are being isolated through a game plan. Names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also.

The residents, mostly Muslims of Bangladeshi origin, were deemed "stateless" as India published its draft list of citizens deemed to have entered the country before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh's war of independence into the state.

Addressing the media after the Assam NRC final draft was released on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Bengalis and Biharis living in Assam were being targeted, and said that they are "Indians, not Rohingya".

The part draft, published on December 31 past year, had the names of 1.9 crore people.

National Register of Citizens (NRC) officials check the names of the residents in the final list at a NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK).

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the BJP government's execution of the highly-sensitive National Register of Citizens has been tardy, leading to massive insecurity in Assam.

"The process for making claims and objections will begin on 30 August and continue till 28 September".

"Whatever work is going on in the NRC, is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court".

Women queue to check their names on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam's Morigoan district. AFP
Women queue to check their names on the final draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam's Morigoan district. AFP

# 11:19 am: 40 lakh names ineligible is a very high figure and very surprising. "It's not the final list".

Sailesh, the registrar, who uses one name, gave no breakup of those who had failed to make the draft list, adding: "Based on this draft, there is no question of anyone being taken to detention centers or foreigners' tribunals".

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had held a high-level meeting recently on the NRC draft release and directed the officers to remain alert and help and explain the process of claims and objections to people whose names do not appear in the draft.

Assam, a state of 33 million people known for its lush tea estates, has for decades been racked by violence between indigenous tribes and settlers. No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic, says Rajnath Singh.

Applications for NRC were invited in 2015 following which 3.29 crore people sent in 6.6 crore documents.

The citizens' register is being compiled under the orders of the Supreme Court in order to identify illegal foreigners residing in Assam.

The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearings. All Assam Students' Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the draft publication is "a historic moment after the signing of the Assam Accord".

The applicants can also visit the NRC website or call 24×7 toll-free numbers -15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam - and refer to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN) to find out the details.

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