The Assam government has requested the Centre to reject the recently published National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the current form and include the state in the national NRC.
Assam Finance Minister and North East Democratic Alliance convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the Assam NRC has failed to address the aspirations of people and therefore should be scrapped.
On November 20th, 2019, the Assam, the Assam government welcomed the Centre’s stand after Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Parliament that the NRC will be implemented nationwide.
“Union HM Sri @AmitShah has rightly called for a National #NRC for India and we should be part of that,” tweeted Sarma.
While addressing the Rajya Sabha on November 20th, 2019, Shah informed that the Supreme Court-monitored NRC will be updated afresh in Assam and will be a countrywide exercise. Shah further added that no people of any religion should be worried as it is just a process of citizenship identification and that it is different from the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible and 19,06,657 persons were excluded from the final NRC list including those who did not submit claims. The final list was published by the Assam government on August 31st, 2019.
Political parties, several organisations have vociferously expressed their unhappiness with the final exclusion figures. They claimed that a large number of indigenous people were excluded from the final NRC list. Former NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela has been subject to severe criticism from political and apolitical organisations, who were unhappy with the exclusion figure in the NRC list.