40 lakh Assamees declared `illegal citizens’

Assam, 30 Jul: As many as 40 lakh residents of Assam were declared as `illegal citizens’ with the reclease of much-anticipated second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), on Monday. It contains 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam.

State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela while releasing the same said that  ‘Out of 3,29,91,384 total applicants, 2,89,83,677 people have been found eligible to be included in the National Register of Citizens.’

With this over 40 lakh people were left, who have not made it to the list. Thus they have been declared as ‘illegal citizens’ of India. However, he assured that there won’t be any deportation based of the final draft. These people have a chance at appeal with the NRC and then can approach the courts.

People, whose names are not included in the final draft, will be provided adequate time period for claims and objections. Such people will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras.

According to officials, those citizens, whose names are not included in the draft can know the reason behind the same between August 7-30 by visiting their respective centres. After that from August 30 till September 28 people can submit claim and objection forms. Based on the same further enquiry will be done.

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