An affidavit filed by National Register of Citizens (NRC) State Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma revealed that more than four thousand declared foreigners have been included in the final list of NRC, say report.

Though the final National Register of Citizens for Assam was made public in August last year, it is yet to be notified by the Registrar General of India, leaving the historic and controversial document without any official validity.

On October 13, NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma had asked deputy commissioners across the state to delete names of ‘ineligible persons’ from the document.

 

Sarma wrote to all the Deputy Commissioners and District Registrar of Citizen Registration (DRCR), directing them to issue speaking orders for the deletion of such names.

“…as per the reports received from your end through Webform, some names of ineligible persons belonging to the categories of DF (declared foreigners)/DV (‘D’ voters)/PFT (pending in Foreigners Tribunals) along with their descendants have found entry to the NRC,” he said.

Sarma directed the district officials to issue orders for deletion of such names from the NRC as per Clause 4(6) of the Schedule under the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 after “specifically ascertaining the identity of the person”.

The final NRC was released on August 31 last year, excluding the names of 19,06,657 persons. A total of 3,11,21,004 names were included out of 3,30,27,661 applicants.

After the publication of the final NRC, almost all stakeholders and political parties criticized it as a faulty document, alleging exclusion of indigenous people and the inclusion of illegal immigrants.

On August 31 this year, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the assembly that the Assam government had submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court for re-verification of 20% names in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10% in the rest.

 

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