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Names of over one lakh people whose names had been included in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam, published in July last year, have been dropped from the list as they were subsequently found ineligible.

“As per provisions contained in Clause 5 of the Schedule of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, an Additional Draft Exclusion List consisting of 1,02,462 persons has been published today,” a statement from the NRC
state coordinator said on June 26.

The persons whose names appear in the Additional Draft Exclusions List are those persons whose names were included in the Draft NRC published on July 30, 2018, but have been subsequently found ineligible due to the various reasons.

Names of persons who were found to be DF (Declared Foreigner) or DV (Doubtful Voter) or PFT (persons with cases Pending at Foreigners Tribunals) or their descendants, as applicable, discovered after publication of Draft NRC appear in the Additional Draft Exclusions List.  Also, persons who were found to be ineligible while appearing as witness in hearings held for disposal of Claims & Objections, and those who were found to be ineligible during the process of verification carried out by the Local Registrars of Citizens Registration (LRCRs) under provisions of Clause 4(3), after publication of Complete Draft NRC on July 30, 2018, figure in the Additional Draft Exclusions List.

The Additional Draft Exclusion List does not contain the results of claimants and objectees appearing for hearings held for disposal of Claims and Objections during the period February 15, 2019, to June 26, 2019.

The results of those hearings will be published only in the Final NRC to be published on July 31, 2019, the statement added.

The hard copies of the Additional Draft Exclusion List will be available for public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the Deputy Commissioner/ SDO (Civil)/ Circle Officer during office hours. Particulars of the Additional Draft Exclusion List can also be viewed online in the NRC website

Those persons who have been excluded will also be informed individually through Letters of Information (LOI) to be delivered at their residential addresses along with the reason of exclusion.

Such persons will have the opportunity to file their Claims which will be disposed through a hearing by a Disposing Officer.

The hearings will start from July 5 onwards. All such claims will be disposed thereafter and results of such persons will be declared in the Final NRC.

While the first draft of NRC was released on midnight of December 31, 2017, with names of 1.90 crore applicants included in it, the final draft of NRC was published on July 30, 2018.

Out of total 3,29,91,384 applicants, names of 2,89,84,677 have been included in the final draft NRC, where names of 40,07,707 applicants have been left out of the final draft.

The process of updating the NRC for Assam, with midnight of March 24, 1971, as cut off, had started in 2013, under the supervision of the Supreme Court, at a cost of Rs 1220 crore.

The process of receipt of NRC application forms started during end of May 2015 and ended on August 31, 2015.

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