The final Assam citizens' list - intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from the state- is out, leaving out 19 lakh people.
Names of 3.11 crore applicants were included in the final NRC, NRC State Coordinator's office said in a statement. The status of both inclusion and exclusion can be viewed online in the NRC website, www.nrcassam.nic.in.
"A total of 3,11,21,004 persons found eligible for inclusion in final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit their claims.Those not satisfied with outcome can file appeal before Foreigners Tribunals," Prateek Hajela,State Coordinator, NRC, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
In the first draft of the citizens' list, nearly 40 lakh people were left out. The number is down to 19 lakh in the final list.
Here are the Highlights on the release of final Assam Citizens' List:
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a member of the ruling alliance in Assam, on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the final NRC in the state and said there is scope for its review in the Supreme Court, which supervised the updation process.
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today termed the National Register of Citizens list released this morning as "faulty", and said that the ruling BJP will approach the Supreme Court again to seek reverification in certain parts of the state.
Addressing a press conference here, BJP Assam President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said the final NRC contains very small figure of exclusions compared to officially stated figures earlier.
"We do not trust this NRC... We are very unhappy...We appeal to the central and the state governments to prepare a national level NRC," he added.
Police personnel have been deployed along the Assam border to prevent any untoward incident due to the publication of the NRC final list and also to prevent possible influx of those left out of it into Mizoram, Neihlaia told PTI.
"The border areas were peaceful with no report of any incidents till this evening.
"Arrangements are also in place to rush additional forces to face any eventuality arising out of publication of the final NRC in Assam," he added.
The AASU is a signatory to the Assam Accord, a 1985 document that provided for "detection, deletion and deportation" of illegal foreigners from Assam.
The NRC in the state has been updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court to include only genuine Indian nationals.
"We are not happy at all. It seems there were some deficiencies in the updatation process. We believe that it is an incomplete NRC. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and discrepancies in this NRC," AASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi was quoted as saying by PTI.
A retired Army officer who was detained a few months ago on charges of being an illegal immigrant has been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list published this morning. However, he was not particularly surprised by the development. "I was not expecting my name to be in the list as my case is still pending in the High Court. I have full faith in the judiciary, and I'm confident that I will get justice," news agency ANI quoted Mohammad Sanaullah as saying.
Ruling BJP fails to ensure free and fair NRC, former Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was quoted as saying by PTI.
The Congress leaders from the Northeast region including former Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and party MP Gaurav Gogoi met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi. The meeting between the three leaders lasted for over an hour.
After meeting Sonia Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi told reporters: "We have apprised Soniaji about the issue and she along with other senior leadership will take a party stand on the NRC issue."
"Every section of Assam is unhappy with the status of NRC. Even BJP Ministers are complaining. Careless implementation will result in many genuine Indian citizens to unnecessarily face the courts. Congress will provide all help. Nation above politics is our motto," Mr Gogoi tweeted later.
The NGO also wondered whether the software used in the updation exercise was capable to handle so much data and if it was examined by any third party Information Technology expert, APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said.
"The Final NRC has made it obvious that the problem of illegal immigration will never be resolved in Assam. Had it been completed flawlessly, it would have been a golden chapter in Assam's history," Mr Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI after the final NRC was released, excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants.
The central government "should conduct NRC in parliament", Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said today soon after the final Assam citizens' list was released, which excluded over 19 lakh people.
"I congratulate NRC State Coordinator,& SC for publishing the final list. However, I'm not fully satisfied as many names of genuine Indian citizens have been left out. I appeal to govt to review formation of Foreigners Tribunal": Abdul Khaleque, Assam Congress MP, on final list
Barpeta: People queue up outside a NRC Seva Kendra to check their name in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) final list. A total of 3,11,21,004 persons have been found eligible for inclusion in final list leaving out 19,06,657 people. #Assampic.twitter.com/QtkrWWI9QB- ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2019
Up to 4 million Indian citizens could be made stateless tomorrow if they are not included on National Register of Citizens (NRC). A thought process of inclusion/exclusion, even if it errs on the side of illegals, is not as bad as declaring your own illegal.- Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) August 31, 2019
"There is a thin line between nationalism and xenophobia -besides, hatred of the foreigner could later turn into a hatred of Indians different from oneself." -- Rabindranath Tagore. The prescience of a great man! #NRC- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 31, 2019
Ahead of the release of the final list of the NRC, Himanta Biswa Sarma, state cabinet minister, said: "We had lost hope on the present form of NRC right after the draft When so many genuine Indians were left out... how can you claim that his document is a red letter for the Assamese society."