The final list of NRC was released by the government on 31 August at all NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) across the state and on NRC Assam or www.assam.mygov.in online.
The final list of NRC excluded 1.9 million people which means they could be rendered stateless. The total population of the state is around 33 million people.
“The entire process of NRC update has been meticulously carried out in an objective and transparent manner. Adequate opportunity of being heard has been given to all persons at every stage of the process. The entire process is conducted as per statutory provisions and due procedure followed at every stage,” the statement said.
When the final draft list was published by the Registrar General of India in July more than four million people were excluded from the list.
The latest work of NRC list was monitored by the Supreme Court of India and started in 2015.
Since, the publication of list today the state has been put on high alert and additional security forces have been deployed in anticipation of any law and order situation. Some 60,000 policemen have been posted and the centre has sent 20,000 additional paramilitary forces. Any gathering of more than four people at several public places is banned.
The government has assured that the those who will be left out from the final list will be given opportunity to prove their citizenship first in quasi-judicial courts – known as Foreign Tribunals (FT) – and subsequently in higher courts.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that those who have been left out will not be treated as foreigners.
“These cases will be taken special care of. We will provide all the possible assistance. So, there is no need to panic. I would appeal to all the people to maintain peace and harmony,” Sonowal said.
People will get 120 days to appeal, the government announced earlier this month. Up to 200 more FTs are being planned to be set up on top of the 100 already functional.