Genuine citizens Face Uncertain Future After Being Left Off Citizenship List… A flicker of hope, then darkness!
While there was a flicker of hope among the genuine citizens in the state – who were left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), finally the fate of 19 lakh people hangs in balance in Assam after NRC’s final list.
The political blame game prolongs 19 lakh people’s agony as the state government has made a U-turn from its promises. For them the future is uncertain and there is an existential crisis as the government figures out its road-map post this exclusion. In addition to this, the coordination between the state government and NRC authorities is worsening day-by-day.
When it comes to the issue of establishing Foreigners’ Tribunals in the state, the state government made irrelevant statements blaming NRC authorities.
In a statement, Santanu Bharali, Legal Adviser to Assam Chief Minister said that NRC authorities hasn’t provide any data regarding the NRC exclusion figure in many districts. That’s why the process of establishing Foreigners’ Tribunals in the state going slow.
The BJP is very upset with the NRC list which has punched the biggest hole in its political sling that propelled the party to power in Assam.
The Assam government had announced legal support to the people excluded from the final NRC list soon after its release. According to the latest reports, the government has set up 200 Foreigners Tribunals to smoothly carry out the process of filing complaint and application for NRC.
The Government of Assam had released the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) on August 31, 2019, and according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), more than 19 lakh people were excluded from the final NRC list.
Assam NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said that 3,11,21,004 persons in total were found eligible for inclusion in the final NRC list while 19,06,657 persons were excluded including those who did not submit claims after the release of the NRC draft last year. The whole NRC process was conducted by the Government to segregate Indian citizens from illegal Bangladeshis living in the state of Assam.