Assam NRC: Supreme Court extends NRC claims submission deadline to December 31

The Supreme Court on December 12, 2018, extended the deadline for the submission of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the first draft of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) to December 31, 2018. Earlier, the last date for submission was December 15.

Consequently, the process of commencement of verification has been shifted to February 15, 2019, from February 1. The Assam government released the final draft of NRC on July 30, 2018. The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman directed that the copies of the draft NRC shall be made available for inspection to District Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Offices (Civil), Circle Offices and Gram Panchayats to facilitate the filing of objections against wrongful inclusions. The NRC Authority was ordered to accept List B documents that are found to be legally valid, regardless of the date of issuance of the same.

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