Guwahati: Ahead of the publication of final NRC, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday asked people not to panic and said the state government will take all possible steps to help genuine Indians prove their citizenship and provide legal assistance.
Sonowal also said the exclusion of anyone’s name from the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be published on Saturday, does not mean that he or she has become a foreigner as such a decision can be taken only by a Foreigners Tribunal (FTs) after following the proper legal process.
“No one should be worried. No one should panic. Government is here to take care of everyone. Even those who will be excluded from the final list will get enough opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship,” Sonowal said. When the draft NRC was published on 30 July last year, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it.
“Quality control checks are underway to ensure that the NRC is error-free and this would continue till the last day,” sources in the NRC State coordinator’s office said. Officers engaged in the exercise of updating the list are in constant touch with the government departments concerned, including the border police wing and the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) so that name of any person against whom cases are pending in the tribunals are not included in the NRC.
Meanwhile, the office of the NRC State coordinator issued a notice on how to check the names in the final list.”Those who submitted claims as they were not included in the complete draft published on 30 July 2018 or excluded by the Additional Draft Exclusion List published on 26 June 2019, and those who had any objection filed against their inclusion, can see their status in the supplementary list of inclusion by visiting designated NSK/office of circle officers/office of deputy commissioners,” the notice said.
People can also check their status online by typing their Application Receipt Numbers (ARNs) on the NRC website from 31 August under the title ‘Supplementary List of Inclusions/Exclusions Status’. Those who were included in the complete draft and not excluded in the Additional Draft Exclusion List, but were called for hearings from 5 July onwards, can also check their status in the same manner, it said.