The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the commencement of the process for submitting claims for inclusion of names in Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft list from September 25.
The entire process of making claims for inclusion in NRC will last 60 days, the court said.
A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the claims for inclusions in NRC would be backed by 10 identity documents which were permitted by the court on Wednesday.
“We are of the view that all that which we are required to do at this stage is to open the filing of claims and objections with regard to inclusion in the draft NRC published in July this year,” the bench said.
It also made clear that the second opportunity has been granted to the citizens keeping in mind the “magnitude” of the issue.
The bench, which has now posted the matter for hearing on October 23, has sought the view of Prateek Hajela, coordinator of Assam NRC, on stance of the central government with regard to applicability and non-applicability of certain documents for inclusion of names in the NRC.
The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then.
Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.
(With agency inputs)