No coercive action to be taken based on draft NRC, Supreme Court

Four million excluded from Indian state's draft list of citizens

Four million excluded from Indian state's draft list of citizens

The government has also set up NRC Sewa Kendras across the state where people can check the draft.

At the outset, Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela placed before the court its status report giving details of publication of the draft NRC on Monday. There has been rhetoric in Assam that there are "illegal" Bangladeshis who will be driven out after the new registration.

On the Central government's assertion that coercive tactics will not be used, both the organisations pointed out that the government has not formulated an official policy for those people who are excluded from the NRC and declared foreigners by the tribunals.

The draft list, which was released on Monday, has left out almost 40 lakh people in Assam, incorporating names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants.

When asked if these people will be eligible to vote in the forthcoming panchayat polls and 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Registrar General of India (RGI) Sailesh said the electoral process is dealt by a different authority. The list was released in line with the directions of the Supreme Court to identify permanent residents and illegal migrants from Bangladesh. Almost all were Muslim and many were children.

"It's just Muslims who will likely have to go through a complicated, unfair appeal with no right to counsel, ending in no hope of staying if they lose", Ricken Patel, Avaaz executive director, said.

"The worldwide community is fighting to stop a process that is alarmingly on track to potentially render millions of people stateless, and vulnerable to indefinite detention, violence or worse", said Ricken Patel, Avaaz executive director.

Rights groups have criticised the government move, saying deletion from citizenship lists was similar to Myanmar's removal of rights and protections for its Rohingya community in 1982.

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According to officials of the government, no large scale migration has taken place after the War of Independence or is taking place now from Bangladesh and Assam.

The chief minister also held talk with his Nagaland counterpart, who was well aware of the possible influx of people not listed in the NRC into the state. NRC is key for security of the people of the country and its citizens.

"Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear", the home minister told parliament.

"In this regard, the court would like to observe that what has been published is a complete draft of NRC and it can't be the basis for any action by any authority", the SC recorded in its order.

The BJP was led by its chief Amit Shah who said that the NRC will be implemented "to the last full stop" as his party stands for national security and Indians' rights.

“Already, the Union Home Minister has categorically stated that no one would be sent to the detention camps even if their names do not appear in NRC, ” he reiterated.

Will the NRC resolve the citizenship issue?

"Adequate and ample scope will be given to people for making objections".

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