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Aadhaar to those who get entry in final NRC; those who can’t prove citizenship, can’t get it

By PTI Updated: Aug 30, 2019 10:13 pm
An official takes photo of an applicant to submit her bio-metrics data ahead of NRC final draft publication at Hatipara village in Kamrup on Friday. (PTI)

New Delhi, Aug. 30 (PTI): Aadhaar cards will be issued to all those who were excluded in the draft NRC but could get entry in the final list to be published on Saturday, officials said.

This will happen as NRC authorities have taken biometric data from more than 36 lakh people who have claimed Indian citizenship after their exclusion from the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.

However, those who may be excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) and can not prove their Indian citizenship after pursuing legal process will not be eligible for obtaining Aadhaar cards anywhere in the country as their biometrics will be flagged.

“The biometric data taken during the process of claims of the NRC will ensure that those who are in the final NRC will get Aadhaar and those who could not prove their Indian citizenship will not get it anywhere in the country,” a senior home ministry official said.

When the draft NRC was published, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The draft included names of 2.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants. In addition to those excluded, the names of over a lakh people were also left out in a list published last month.

All those whose names were excluded from the draft NRC were given opportunity to apply before the authorities with designated documents to claim their Indian citizenship. During this process, the biometric data were taken from the applicants.

Assam has a very low penetration of Aadhaar scheme and less than 15 per cent state people have obtained Aadhaar cards so far, another official said.

The final NRC will be published on Saturday. Those who may not be part of the final NRC can approach any of the 300 foreigners tribunals to challenge the exclusion.

If an individual’s claim is rejected by a tribunal, he or she can approach the high court and subsequently the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court-monitored NRC exercise, aimed at identifying illegal immigrants, mostly from Bangladesh, was carried out only in Assam, which has been facing influx of people from the neighbouring country since the early 20th century.

Assam normal on the eve of publication of final NRC

The law and order situation in Assam is normal on the eve of publication of the final NRC and the Centre has rushed additional 51 companies of paramilitary forces to Assam to maintain law and order in the state, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said on Friday.

The state police have also been deployed along with the central paramilitary forces and all measures are in place to ensure peace and harmony in Assam when the final National Register of Citizens list is published on Saturday, Saikia said on Friday.

He expressed confidence that the people of Assam will cooperate and maintain peace as they did during the publication of draft NRC on December 31, 2017 and the complete draft on July 30, 2018.

The situation in the state is “calm, quiet and under control”, he said adding “Assam police is prepared for any kind of situation”.

“The law and order situation in the state is normal and the NRC publication will be a peaceful event. Besides Assam Police personnel, there are 167 companies of CRPF, BSF, ITBP and other paramilitary forces deployed in the state. The central government has sent us another 51 additional companies”, he told a press conference here.

Assam police are in constant touch with states bordering Assam so that no miscreants cross over to create trouble, he said.

Personnel from home guards, task force and village defence parties have also been extensively deployed for maintenance of the law and order situation, the DGP said.

Area domination exercise has been increased and patrolling and night vision patrolling in vulnerable areas have been intensified as precautionary measure, he said.

Police control rooms have also been activiated where the people can report about unlawful activities in their areas, Saikia said adding “We will take the strictest action under law against anyone indulging in unlawful activities”.

The police personnel have been instructed to be in constant touch with the police headquarters and NRC office here, besides citizens committees and opinion makers and hold frequent public meetings for people to people contact.

The DGP asked the people to report to police about possible misinformation on NRC being sought to be spread in the social media. Students have been asked to be alert about hate messages that may be spread and bring them to the notice of the police.

To a query, Saikia said about 1200 of the 2500 NRC Seva Kendras are vulnerable. But the number is constantly changing with the review of the prevailing situation.

By PTI Updated: Aug 30, 2019 10:13:30 pm