Assam government published the second and final draft of the updated NRC on Monday.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday reacted sharply on the exclusion of over 40 lakh names in Assam's draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), saying people with Aaadhar cards and passports are not in the list.
The government said those missing from the list would have a chance to resubmit documents between August 30 and September 28, and had the option to appeal at the foreigners' tribunal.
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Though the new NRC list will successfully weed out illegal immigrants from Assam, there is also a threat to the "genuine citizens" in the state. It is a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis.
"Everything is being done as per the Supreme Court order".
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Four categories of people - doubtful voters, their descendants, people whose cases were pending at Foreigners Tribunals and their offspring - were not included in the list, he said.
The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, wherein the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said "original citizens" of the state are being asked questions and this is creating division in the state based on caste and creed.
The applicants can also call 24×7 toll free numbers 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).
The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearings.
The Supreme Court-monitored updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a "secular exercise" and no particular community was targeted, and all genuine Indian nationals will be given adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship, the officer said. All Assam Students' Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the draft publication is "a historic moment after the signing of the Assam Accord".