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Publication of final citizens’ registry list in Assam, India

  • Published at 08:27 pm September 1st, 2019
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People check their names on the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Buraburi village in Morigaon district of Assam on August 31, 2019 AFP

33 million candidates have been included, with 1.9 million people not being included in the final list

India's National Register of Citizens (NRC) has published a final list of 33 million candidates to qualify as Indian citizens.

Some 33 million candidates have been included, with 1.9 million people not being included in the final list, said a press statement from the Indian High Commission. 

The State of Assam has announced it will offer free legal assistance to any person excluded from the list who cannot afford such legal assistance.

According to the NRC, any person excluded from the list will not be termed "stateless." It also does not make him or her a "foreigner," given the legal meaning of the term in the Foreigners' Act of 1947.

"They will not be deprived of any rights or entitlements which they enjoyed earlier," said NRC State Coordinator (Assam), Prateek Hajela Prateek.

To expedite the process of receiving applications for inclusion, the state government is adding a further 200 tribunals to the existing 100 tribunals. These additional tribunals will come into effect from September 2, 2019. 

An additional 200 more tribunals will be set up by the State of Assam again, by December 2019.