SC directs Assam NRC coordinator to submit data of excluded people

Aug 17, 2018 14:01 IST
SC directs Assam NRC coordinator to submit data of excluded people

The Supreme Court on August 16, 2018 asked the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator to submit the data of district-wise percentage of the population excluded from the NRC draft in the state.

The SC bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman sought the response of all the stakeholders including All Assam Students Union, All Assam Minority Students Union on the Centre's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on the NRC issue.

Key Highlights

The bench directed the state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to make the copies of draft NRC available at all panchayat offices so that public can access it easily.

The apex court said that the claim and objection forms on the Assam NRC issue will be made available to the general public from August 20.

It also said that the receipt of claim and objection forms from the public will commence on August 30.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on August 28.

Background

Earlier on July 31, 2018, the Supreme Court had ruled that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) prepared for the state of Assam was only a draft, and hence it cannot be the basis of any action by any authority against anyone.

The SC bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman observed that what has been published is only the complete Draft NRC.

The apex court directed the concerned Ministry to formulate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to deal with claims and objections regarding the draft NRC.

The court passed the order following the increasing concerns about the exclusion of approximately forty lakh persons from the final draft list of NRC that was published on July 30, 2018.

What is National Register of Citizens?

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list that contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. It was last prepared after Census in 1951.

Assam, which had faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC.

The recently updated draft of the NRC includes the names of Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971.

 

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