India has published the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of bonafide citizens in the state of Assam, excluding nearly two million people amid fears they could be rendered stateless, reported Aljazeera.
As per the statement from Assam government, a total of 31.1 million people was included in the NRC, leaving out 1.9 million people.
“The entire process of NRC update has been meticulously carried out in an objective and transparent manner. Adequate opportunity of being heard has been given to all persons at every stage of the process. The entire process is conducted as per statutory provisions and due procedure followed at every stage,” said the statement.
The NRC list is unique to Assam and was first published in 1951.
The government has assured that the those who will be left out from the final list will be given opportunity to prove their citizenship first in quasi-judicial courts – known as Foreign Tribunals (FT) – and subsequently, in higher courts, Aljazeera reported.
“These cases will be taken special care of. We will provide all the possible assistance. So, there is no need to panic. I would appeal to all the people to maintain peace and harmony,” said Sonowal.