Guwahati, July 19, 2019
The Centre and the Assam government on July 19th, 2019 urged the Supreme Court to extend the deadline for publishing the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) by a month as “lakhs of people could have been wrongly included” in the citizens’ charter.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented both the governments submitted before the bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman and sought sample re-verification of the citizens citing that “there have a lot of wrongful inclusions and exclusions in the draft NRC”.
Asking for more time to finalise the list, the Solicitor General told the top court “India can’t be the world’s refugee capital. There should be at least 20 per cent sample re-verification of the inclusions of persons residing in Assam bordering Bangladesh.”
The NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela, on the other hand, submitted that around 80 lakh people were subjected to re-verification and pointed out that the Assam floods have hit the NRC process in the state. The next hearing has been adjourned to July 23rd, 2019.
It may be mentioned that the NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons. The NRC is being updated in Assam to detect foreigners living illegally in the state.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 28,983,677 persons were found eligible out of 32,991,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC.