Assam | No coercive action against 40 lakh people excluded from NRC: SC to Centre


GUWAHATI | July 31, 2018:

After the NRC final draft which was declared on 30 July, the Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Centre that no authority will take any coercive action against the 40 lakh people who have been excluded from Assam's National Register of Citizens' list. The court also said the claims procedure has to be fair. The SC has also asked the government's coordinator to submit the claims.

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The court also told the Union government to prepare a standard procedure to provide a mechanism to deal with claims and objections of people who have been excluded.

The much-anticipated second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens was published on Monday with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

Earlier today, BJP President Amit Shah accused the Congress party of lacking the courage to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) after the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi signed the Assam Accord in 1985. He sought to know whether the Congress wanted to protect the "illegal Bangldeshis" living in Assam.

Slamming the government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Monday said, the centre is turning  "Indian citizen into refugees" adding that her government will consider providing shelter on humanitarian grounds to people who enter West Bengal from Assam.

The first draft of the NRC was published during the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 this year, containing 1.9 crore names.