LIVE Updates: NRC Final Draft Publication
Guwahati: The NRC Final Draft was published today in Guwahati, on Monday. The exercise of NRC had begun in 2015 and a partial draft had been published on December 31, 2017. The final draft of the NRC has been published today amidst widespread anxiety and tight security arrangements across the state and the capital city Guwahati. Here’s a chronological account of the different happenings pertaining to the publication of the NRC Final Draft across the state and Nation.
- 9.00 AM – The proceedings for the publication of final NRC Draft begins. Out of the 3.29 crore applicants, people declared “foreigners” by the Foreigner Tribunals and their family members who have been referred to the tribunals by the Border Police, people whose cases are pending with the Foreigners’ Tribunals and the D-Voters may be excluded from the final NRC Draft.
- 9.20 AM – State NRC coordinator Prateek Haleja, Registrar General Sailesh and Satyendra Garg Joint Secretary (North East) arrived at the State NRC Co-Ordinator office for a press briefing.
- 9.40 AM: Security beefed up across capital city Guwahati. Guwahati Commissioner of Police Hiren Nath said police is ready to tackle any untoward incident. More security forces will be deployed if needed. Central Forces shall remain even after the NRC Draft has been published.
- 9.58 AM Addressing the press at NRC office in Guwahati, Registrar General of India said that this is ” a historic day in the country and in Assam towards fulfillment of a major milestone under the monitoring of SC”. He also expressed his gratitude towards all the stakeholders involved in the exercise of a transparent, fair and meticulous exercise.
- 10.10 AM: North-East Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg said that the draft will not make anyone liable to punishment, besides warning that strict action will be taken against trouble mongers.
- 10.16 AM: Out of the 3.29 crore applicants, the NRC Final Draft ft shall leave out 40,07,707 people, but they will not be labeled as foreigners and no punitive action will be taken against them. They will be given a fair chance of inclusion in the Final NRC to be published in December 2018. From August 7, these people can visit their local NRC Seva Kendras and Local Registrar to know the reason behind their exclusion.
- 10.22 AM: People whose names have not been included in the final NRC draft will be given individual letters to make claims. They will be given three forms for claims, objections, and corrections to reinstate their citizenship claim.
- 10.44 AM: The Government of India approved Rs 12,220 crores for the publication of the NRC Final Draft.
- 10.51 AM Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy gave an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha soon after the publication of the NRC Final Draft in Guwahati (ANI Reports).
- 10.58 AM: Voting Rights of people whose names have not been included in the final draft is in question.RGI Sailesh said that electoral process is handled by a different authority.
- 11.03 AM: Congress MP and son of Former CM Gourab Gogoi in a tweet urged the media houses to be sensitive while covering the NRC Final Draft. He also expressed his gratitude towards Government employees who have worked tirelessly in the exercise of the publication of the draft.
- 11.14 AM: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has set up a facility in his Guwahati office to assist people in checking their names in the NRC Final Draft. Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh has asked people to remain calm and assured that the proceedings of the draft publication have been unbiased.
- 11.25 AM: People whose names have been excluded from the final draft will be intimated individually during the claims and objectives proceedings, said State Co-ordinator of NRC, Prateek Hajela.
- 11.37 AM: Assam congress seemed irked over the exclusion of 40 lakh people from the NRC Final Draft and are expected to raise the issue in the parliament. Assam Congress Chief Ripun Bora has called it “surprising”.
- 11.40 AM: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated the people of Assam for the publication of the NRC Final Draft and has called it “a historic day which shall remain etched in the memory forever”.
- 11.42 AM: The Chief Minister also urged people not to panic if their names are not included in the draft, as genuine Indian citizens would get the opportunity to make claims and objections.
- 11.46 AM: The Trinamool Congress has termed the NRC Final Draft as an “inhuman act” and the party shall raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
- 11.55 AM: Critics allege that the NRC is a move to target the Muslim population of Assam.