Guwahati, April 9, 2019
The Assam government is planning to have 1,000 tribunals to deal with pleas of those who have been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). This was informed by the Assam Chief Secretary to the Supreme Court on April 9th, 2019. The Supreme Court directed the Assam government to publish the final NRC on July 31st, 2019.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, Part Draft NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the Complete Draft NRC was released. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.
The Chief Secretary told the court that Rs 900 crore needed to be sanctioned for the tribunals and nearly 1,000 judges were required. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also sought to know how the judges would be recruited, on a temporary basis, for these tribunals. The official said the Assam government would approach retired judges.
The Chief Secretary said he had scheduled a meeting with the Registrar of the Gauhati High Court and accordingly, a roadmap will be drawn in consultation with the High Court.