Parties hail NRC first draft publication

Parties hail NRC first draft publication

Kerry Wise
January 2, 2018

The Assam State Government released the first draft of the NRC list on Monday.

Releasing the first draft, Registrar General of India (RGI) Sailesh said, "There is no need for anyone to panic".

The party also said that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure that not a single claim of any citizen is left unaddressed and not a single family or a section of people suffers on account of lack of appropriate verification of their documents or claim.

"We are working with an intention to publish an error-free draft".

"It is a tedious process to verify the names".

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Asked about the possible timeframe for the next draft, the RGI said it will be decided as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court - under whose monitoring the document is being prepared - in its next hearing in April.

Names of AIUDF supremo Badruddin Ajmal, MP Sirajuddin Ajmal, MLAs Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Kasimi and Haji Aminul Islam are not in the first draft, even as the party claimed that some family members of those leaders have found their names on the first list. "Hopefully, we will be able to complete the entire process by 2018", he told media representatives.

People carrying documents to prove their citizenship, thronged the seva kendras, which opened at 8am, and stood in long queues to check if their names were included in the draft. In the lead up to the publication of the part NRC, speculation was rife that there could be a law and order situation, especially in the Muslim-majority districts, which had made the State government rush additional central forces there. "The exercise, that so begun in right earnestness, has been monitored by the Supreme Court of India since December, 2013 and the first draft has consequently been published on 31 December, 2017".

On the other hand, Mr. Hajela said that no genuine citizen will be excluded from the list.

The organisation had received a total of 3.29 crore applications for the verification and remaining names will be out after they are thoroughly vetted and will be revealed in the subsequent drafts as per the direction of the Supreme Court that is overseeing the whole process. They can also check for information online and through SMS services. If your name is included in the NRC draft, you will receive an SMS automatically. The students' body had submitted a memorandum to the Centre on January 18, 1980, two months after launching the anti-illegal foreigners Assam Movement.