The Congress on Saturday said the final National Register of Citizens published in Assam will end the suspicion that there are “tens of millions” of “illegal immigrants” living in the state, the Hindustan Times reported.
“With publication of the final list, the decades-old suspicion that tens of millions of illegal immigrants are in Assam, will also end. It will also stop harassment of people dubbed as foreigner merely on suspicion. We would appeal to the public to maintain calm and not fall prey to rumours,” said Debabrata Saikia Leader of Opposition in the Assam Assembly.
“The Congress will provide legal help to all genuine Indians who have been left out of the list. We are of the opinion that of the 1.9 million names missing from the list, there would be several who are genuine Indian citizens,” Saikia said.
The final draft of the NRC, published in July 2018, left out 40 lakh people. An additional one lakh were excluded in an additional list published in June this year. The final list, however, brought down the number of exclusions to less than half. The number of people left out comprise around 6% of Assam’s entire population, two times the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and the population of Nagaland, reported Scroll.in.