Pushing for implementing NRC in Delhi as well, BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari is set to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah shortly. While the time and date for the meeting is yet unconfirmed, Tiwari has said on Saturday that he would talk to the Home Minister soon regarding Delhi NRC. Earlier in the day, he had said that NRC is needed in Delhi as the situation has become dangerous. He said that NRC tackled terrorism and targetted those who were disguised as Indians and committed crimes.
"Those who have illegally migrated to India should go back. But Indian citizens in all corners of the country need not worry, irrespective of where they live. NRC is needed in Delhi as the situation is becoming dangerous. Illegal immigrants who have settled here are the most dangerous, we will implement NRC here as well. We have talked to the Centre for submitting proof of residence by citizens repeatedly. I believe that the NRC started by Assam government and MHA tackles curbing terrorism and those who are disguising themselves as Indian citizens and committing crimes," said Tiwari in conversation with ANI.
The National Registry of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator's office released the final NRC list earlier in the day at 10 AM. 3,11,21,004 Assam residents have been found eligible, while 19,06,657 Assam residents have been found ineligible. The exclusion includes the number of people who did not submit their papers to the NRC authorities. The 19 lakh exclusion is a major decrease from the over 40 lakh excluded in the second draft published on July 2018.
The Centre has assured that persons who have been excluded from the NRC Final List can appeal in Foreigners tribunals within 120 days regarding the same. He also assured that justice will be rendered in the matter. The NRC office has stated that hard copies of the Supplementary list of inclusions will be at the public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK). The State Department has also assured legal aid to needy people excluded from the Final List. The number of foreigner tribunals also have been increased. NRC has assured that exclusion does not amount to his being declared a foreigner.
The NRC was first prepared in 1951 under the purview of the Census Act, 1948. An updation process was started in 2013 and ended with the receipt of forms by the NRC authorities on 31 August 2015. The process aimed at separating genuine Indian citizens from undocumented immigrants living in Assam. As per NRC terms, a resident has to prove that they or their ancestors entered Assam before midnight on March 24, 1971. Anyone failing to do so will be declared a foreigner eventually.
According to the NRC press release, 3,30,27,661 Assam residents have had to prove their Indian citizenship. Previously in December 2017, the first draft was published in which 140 lakh people were included. Further, in July 2018, the second draft was published where more than 40 lakh people were excluded. Apart from these drafts, an additional exclusion list was published on June 26, 2019, where names of 1,02,463 people were published. These persons were earlier included in the draft.