The Centre placed the draft Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in the Supreme Court on Tuesday to deal with claims and objections of the 40 lakh left out of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC.
A special bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman will take up the matter for consideration on Thursday.
The SOP draft proposed to include Indian citizens who are not from Bangladesh and who moved to Assam from other parts of the country before or after March 24, 1971, in the NRC if their citizenship is proved beyond reasonable doubt to the satisfaction of the authorities disposing of claims and objections, as per reports.
A per reports, the Centre alos suggested that the time for filing claims and objections regarding the inclusion of names in the draft NRC be extended from the one month proposed initially in two months.
The period for receiving claims and objections will be from August 30 to October 28, as per the SOP draft. The hearings will start from December 15 onward.
The SOP also stated that the “authorities examinig the claim and the district registrar of citizens’ registration will exercise great caution to ensure that no illegal person’s name is included taking recourse to the above provisions”.
The NRC contains named of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The 1951 NRC is being updated in Assam to weed out foreigners.
The NRC updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.