Guwahati, August 7: The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear a matter over the Assam’s National Register for Citizens (NRC) draft.
While hearing the case on July 31, a day post the publication of the complete draft of the NRC, the apex court observed that the process of filing claims, objections and corrections by those whose names are not listed in the NRC draft should be fair.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
A division bench, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, also directed the Centre to prepare standard operating procedure (SOP) for claims and objections.
The apex court further directed the Assam NRC coordinator and the Central Government to submit before the court the process or modalities they will adopt to file objections.
The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The NRC Updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.