Expressing concern over the exclusion of over 19 lakh people from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Hojai, Shiladitya Dev said that the name of the citizens’ register should be changed to National Population Register (NPR). Dev further suggested that the NPR should be linked with the Aadhaar card.
Speaking with the media persons here on September 7th, 2019, Dev said, “Several indigenous people were excluded and illegal immigrants were from the final NRC list. Hence the name of it should be changed into NPR.”
The Assam government on August 31st, 2019 published the final list of the NRC. A total of 3.11 crore people made it to the final list leaving out 19,06,657 persons including those who did not submit claims.
Activists, opposition parties including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam expressed dissatisfaction over the final exclusion list and said there is scope for its review in the Supreme Court. On the other hand, the Assam Police on September 5th, 2019 said it has registered two cases against State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela and other unidentified officials for alleged anomalies in the final NRC list.
“The excluded 19 lakh people should also be included in the NPR. Based on the NPR, a new NRC should be updated,” he added. The MLA further stated that the cut-off year for the NRC updation should be 1951 instead of March 24th (midnight), 1971.