West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday lashed out at the BJP-led Centre over Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC), calling it an attempt to isolate Bengalis, Biharis and Hindus out of the state. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country.
# 12:24 pm: I am very happy and relieved, my name and the names of my family members have been included in the draft list: Rinju Hussain, local on NRC Assam draft list.
Satyen Garg, a home ministry official who was present at the Guwahati press conference, said there "was no question of sending anyone to detention camps based on the draft list".
The tea-rich state of Assam has always been the center of social and communal tensions with locals campaigning against illegal immigrants, a fight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist-led government has championed. Where will these 40 lakh displaced persons stay?
# 11:15 am: Even someone whose name is not in the final list can approach the foreigners' tribunal.
"No coercive action will be taken against anyone". They will have opportunity for making claims and objections.
He said appeals could be made under "well-laid-down procedures" starting August 30.
The government said the draft was not meant to drive people out and those struck out of the list would have a chance to re-apply.
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There has been apprehension as to what happens to those who could not make to the final list of NRC.
Union Home Secretary (N-E), Styendra Garg said, "The published document should be treated as a draft document, not the final NRC".
Within that period, the applicants can file their claims which will be resolved after proper hearings.
That this version of the register just published is only the final draft - the final NRC of Assam will be published after another round of claims and objections are filed and processed - will be of small consolation for those who face the prospect of being denied citizenship and either becoming "stateless" or being deported.
The applicants can also call 24x7 toll free numbers - 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam - by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).
It may be recalled that theWest Bengal CM had previously also described the NRC updation as a "conspiracy" to evict Bengalis from the state after the first draft was released on December 31, 2017.
As reported by News18, a total of 6.56 crore supporting documents along with 68.31 lakh application forms were submitted and they were scanned in 16 rounds of digitalisation.