NRC row: Rajnath warns against spreading misinformation

NRC row: Rajnath warns against spreading misinformation

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. (RSTV GRAB/PTI File Pic)

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday warned against spreading misinformation about the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

Singh said it was just a draft list and those who did not find their names can exercise legal remedies to rectify it.

The second and final draft of the NRC was published on Monday with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam. Around 40 lakh people have not found their names in the list.

"Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. This is a completely impartial report. No misinformation should be spread. This is a draft and not the final list. Even someone whose name is not in the final list can approach the Foreigners Tribunal," Singh said.

The minister said no coercive action will be taken against anyone and there was no need for anyone to panic.

The government had undertaken the exercise in accordance with the Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985, and the entire process is being carried out as per directions of Supreme Court, which is constantly monitoring the process.

The apex court had set the deadline for July 30 which instructed updating the NRC to segregate Indian citizens from Bangladeshis who illegally entered Assam after March 25, 1971.

On July 22, too, Singh had issued a statement seeking to allay apprehensions of harassment. The minister had then said that no one will be put in detention centres in Assam after the publication of the NRC.

"The government wants to make it clear that the NRC to be published on July 30 is only a draft. After draft publication, adequate opportunity for claims and objections will be available. All claims and objections will be duly examined. An adequate opportunity of being heard will be given before disposal of claims and objections. Only thereafter, final NRC will be published," Singh had said.

The minister had said the Citizenship Rules provide that any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections can appeal in the Foreigner’s Tribunal.

"Thus, there is no question of anyone being put in a detention centre after the publication of NRC," Singh added.

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