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The people who were left out from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) may have to wait till November to know the reason of exclusion and appeal before the Foreigners Tribunal.

Over 19 lakh people were excluded from the final list of NRC which was published on August 31.

According to reports, the NRC authorities will need more time to let the excluded people know the reason of their exclusion from the final list.

On September 18, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela issued a letter of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and directed the officials involved with the NRC updation process to complete the process of speaking order writing as per final NRC, scanning of speaking orders, DO templates, additional documents, statements etc by October 30.

After completion of the process, the NRC authorities will send the orders with the cause of exclusion to the people who were left out from the final NRC. Thereafter, they can start filing their petitions at the Foreigners Tribunal.

In the letter, the NRC state coordinator said that the circle-wise final NRC details will be uploaded in the NRC master database through File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

“Scanning of speaking orders will start from September 23. A separate software application called DO Speaking Order Scanning Software (DOSpOS) will be rolled out for this purpose in all NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs) / Circle laptops. The district may decide if they want to undertake scanning process at NSKs or centrally at offices of CRCRs or at FTVCs, depending on availability of uninterrupted electricity availability, reliable connections etc. Everyday minimum 10 speaking orders scanned per DO will be quality checked for ensuring matching of final NRC with speaking order, the ARN, result and reason of result are correctly recorded in speaking order, quality of scanning is good and legibility/readability is high, to ensure no mixing of ARNs, complete pages of speaking orders are scanned etc. Data from the quality checked format will be entered in spreadsheet and daily dashboard will be shared for monitoring progress,” the letter said.

The NRC state coordinator set a deadline for the process and from September 27, the final NRC database will be matched with the speaking orders and the scanning of speaking orders will be started from October 11.

Scanning of additional documents and scan of DO templates will be started from October 25 and scanning of statements to be started from October 30.

The excluded people can file their petitions at the Foreigners Tribunal after receiving the notice of cause for exclusion.

A total of 100 Foreigners Tribunals are now functioning in Assam and the state government will set up additional 200 new Foreigners Tribunals in the state shortly. The state government has already appointed 200 members of Foreigners Tribunals recently.

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About Hemanta Kr Nath


Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.


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