SC asks NRC coordinator to submit detailed report on people excluded in draft list

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The Supreme Court on August 16 asked the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela to provide it the data of district-wise percentage of the population excluded from the NRC draft in the state. Coordinator Hajela has been asked to submit the report in a sealed cover. The court will hear the matter next on August 28.

A SC bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph sought the response of all the stakeholders, including All Assam Students Union, All Assam Minority Students Union on the Centre’s Standard Operating Procedures on the NRC issue.

The top court directed NRC coordinator to make available the copies of draft NRC at panchayat offices for the general public of the state.

The court has also asked that the claim and objection forms will be made available to the public from August 20 and the receipt of the same forms will commence from August 30.

The bench said that after the publication of the final NRC list, those people whose names will figure in it will be given usual Aadhaar number as applicable to legal residents in the nation.

On August 14, the Centre had told the Supreme Court that distinct IDs will be created by collecting biometric details of 40 lakh people filing claims and objections with respect to the NRC.