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Re-verification of NRC list

The National Registry of Citizens (NRC) coordinator of Assam urged the Supreme Court to do a “full, timely re-examination of the list of citizens,” officials said on Thursday citing “major irregularities” in the proceedings.

According to officials, Assam NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma also requested the exclusion of unauthorized voters from Assam’s electoral rolls in his interlocutory submission, in addition to revising the draught NRC and a supplementary list, pursuant to a related provision of the Schedule of Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

According to an official who requested anonymity, Dev Sarma filed the application on May 8, two days before Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Monday that the state government will conduct 20% scrutiny of the NRC list in border areas and 10% within Assam.

The supreme court admitted the case on May 11.

According to Dev Sarma’s application to the Supreme Court, “pass reasonable instructions that the re-verification be conducted under the oversight of a control committee in each area, which should ideally be comprised of the district judge, district magistrate, and superintendent of police.”

“Taking into account the reality and circumstances of the case, make certain new or additional directives that your lordships will consider fit and proper,” the application concluded.

To amend Assam’s 1951 NRC, a formal notification authorizing the commencement of the apex court-monitored exercise was released in December 2013.

The draught list was released in August 2019, and it excluded 19.06 lakh applicants out of 3.3 crores for lack of proper documentation to secure their Indian citizenship.

Any of the 19.06 lakh people omitted from the draught NRC has 120 days from receipt of a denial slip to contact the Foreigners’ Tribunal to get their citizenship claims considered.

Around a hundred tribunals have been charged with scrutinizing the disqualified individuals’ records and determining if they can stay debarred or be admitted to the NRC.

The tribunals have the authority to label a man a foreigner on the basis of the 1985 Assam Accord, which requires the detection and deportation of immigrants who entered the state after March 24, 1971.

In Assam, the National Register of Citizens is being revised to reflect this cut-off date.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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