So far out of the total 40 lakh people who were excluded from the complete draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), only 7 lakh claims and objections have been filed.
The Supreme Court last month extended the time for filing of claims and objections against the NRC draft from November 25 to December 15 but still, 33 lakh are yet to file claims and objections.
It may be mentioned that those excluded from the NRC draft can raise “objections” to the inclusion of a name they suspect to be a foreigner in the final list.
It may be mentioned that earlier Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) convenor Upamanyu Hazarika said, “If 40 lakh applicants have been excluded and who have gone through a rigorous procedure of form filling, verification etc. It is necessary to investigate the reasons for such low percentage of submission and made public.”
He added that to give perspective, the figure released regarding the number of those excluded 40.07 lakhs is far short of the official estimates over the last few decades.
“If then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia had given a figure of 32 lakh in 1992, UPA MoS Home Sriprakash Jaiswal 50 lakh in 2001 and MoS Home Kiren Rijiju 80 Lakh in 2016, such a huge shortfall in exclusion and necessarily included in the NRC should have been objected to”, he added.
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