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Over 41 Lakh People’s Future Will Be Decided Tomorrow As Assam Gears Up for the Release of Final NRC List

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

The Central government and the state government of Assam are gearing up for publishing the much-awaited and controversial NRC final list tomorrow (31st August 2019) which has been practiced since long under the strict scrutiny of the apex court. The final list of NRC will decide the fate of around 41 Lakh people whose name were missing from the first NRC list published last year. 

As per the report, the final Indian citizens' list will be published online at 10 am on Saturday, a year after the first list that identifies whether a person is an Indian or a foreigner was released.  

It is likely to be the biggest development in Narendra Modi's second term, after the center’s move to revoke special status from Jammu& Kashmir. 

"The list would be available online by 10 am and those who do not have internet connections can go to Seva Kendras set up by the state government to check their status," a senior officer in the Home Ministry told in front of media.  

However, the center has clarified that people whose names don't appear in the final NRC will not be declared foreigners till all legal options are exhausted. Every person left out of the NRC can appeal to the foreigners Tribunal, and the time limit to file the appeal has been extended from 60 to 120 days. 

At least 1,000 tribunals have set up by the Home Ministry to hear disputed cases. Even, if one loses the case in the tribunal, one can approach the high court and then the Supreme Court. The government said that no one will be put in detention centers until all legal options are exhausted. 

Tight security has been imposed in the north-eastern state bordering Bangladesh, and any gathering of more than four people at several public places are banned, especially at sensitive areas that have seen violence in the past.  

The center has sent 20,000 additional paramilitary forces to Assam to cope up with any severe situation. Guwahati has been put under the most sensitive area and heavy forces allotted in the city.  The Assam Police tweeted, "Don't believe in rumors, as some elements are trying to create confusion in society. Safety of citizens is our top priority". 

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