Home Ministry official: Exclusion from NRC does not make you a foreigner

Updated: Jul 31, 2018, 12:53 IST | Agencies

After non-inclusion of over 40 lakh in NRC creates uproar, Home Ministry official says the power of declaring a person as foreigner is vested with tribunal

Home Ministry official: Exclusion from NRC does not make you a foreigner
People wait to check their names on the final draft of the Assam's NRC. Pic/PTI

No person, excluded from the draft NRC published yesterday, will be declared a foreigner as such powers are vested only with tribunals, where one can approach for remedies, a senior Home Ministry official said, after non-inclusion of over 40 lakh people in the complete draft of the NRC created an uproar.

The Supreme Court-monitored updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a "secular exercise" and no particular community was targeted, and all genuine Indian nationals will be given adequate opportunities to prove their citizenship. The NRC is a list of the state's citizens and exclusion of name does not automatically make anyone a foreigner, the official said.

The power of declaring a person as foreigner is vested with the foreigners' tribunal set up for the purpose and all aggrieved persons can approach it if they have exhausted the options available with NRC authorities, he said.

The NRC is an application-based process and if someone does not apply for inclusion of name, that person's name will not figure in the list, however prominent the individual may be, the official said.

As of now there is no report of any violence from anywhere in Assam and there was no rush to visit the NRC centre, the official said. At a press conference in Guwahati, Registrar General of India Sailesh announced that 2,89,83,677 people were found to be eligible for inclusion in the draft of the NRC out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants. Around 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the document.

What is the NRC?
NRC is a record of all legal citizens of a state and the first for Assam was created in 1951. It is being updated under the SC's supervision, with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in Assam. The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on December 31, 2017.

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