Over one lakh people more have been excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in Assam on Wednesday.
The additional exclusion list comprises names of 1,02,462 persons. These are the people whose names were included in the draft NRC published on July 30 last year but subsequently found ineligible.
The people who have been excluded will be informed individually through letters to be delivered at their residential addresses.
However, the excluded people will have the chance to file their claims at the designated NRC help centres by July 11.
According to a statement issued by the state coordinator of NRC, the list has been published as per provisions of Clause 5 of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules 2003.
The draft published on July 30, 2018, included the names of 2.9 crore people out of total applications of 3.29 crore. Forty lakh people were left out in the draft.
The NRC in Assam is being updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court and the final list is scheduled to be released on July 31.
Last month, the Supreme Court had asked the National Register of Citizens Coordinator to provide a fair chance to those who have challenged the non-inclusion of their names in the NRC in Assam.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi further told Coordinator Prateek Hajela to “not cut short the process as they have to meet the deadline of July 31.”
The top court reiterated that the July 31 deadline for the publication of final Assam NRC draft was non-negotiable and it should not be met at the expense of those who have filed claims for inclusion of their names in the National Register of Citizens.
“They should be given procedural chance to present their case,” the court said.
The court has allowed claimants for the citizens’ list to rely on five documents which were earlier objected to by NRC coordinator.
These five documents are NRC of 1951, voter list of 1966, voter list of 1971, refugee registration certificate till 1971 and ration card issued till 1971.