Crucial issues related to the publication of final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) will come up before the Supreme Court on Monday, days after the NRC state coordinator said it would not be possible to release it as scheduled on June 30 due to the floods in state.
The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam. On March 27, the apex court had refused to extend the deadline for the ongoing process of publication of the final draft of the NRC in Assam and directed its publication by June 30.
However, NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela, on June 28, said the final draft would not be released as scheduled due to the heavy floods in the state’s Barak Valley. A plea has also been filed in the apex court seeking more time to prepare the final draft.
Hajela had said it would not be possible to publish the draft on June 30 as floods have hit Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts in the Barak Valley, besides parts of Karbi Anglong and Hojai. The current wave of floods in the state has affected more than five lakh people in seven districts. As many as 25 people have also died in the deluge, so far.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had also recently said that the names of all “genuine Indians” would be incorporated in the list of the state’s citizens.