Assam NRC: SC tells Election Commission to address discrepancies in voters’ list by March 28

The Supreme Court on 12 March 2019 asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to form a plan of action to address the discrepancies in voters’ list by 28 March 2019 in case a person’s name is there in the voters’ list of Assam but missing from the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justice SA Nazeer and Justice Sanjeev Khanna asked the Election Commission to provide the court with complete information on the latest additions and deletions in the voters’ list by March 28.

The people of Assam have been in a dilemma that whether those whose names did not make it to the final draft NRC will be able to cast their votes or not. The Assam NRC is scheduled to be published on 31 July 2019.

First Draft of NRC:-

1. The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on 31 December 2017, and it incorporated the names of 1.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applicants.

2. The top court had earlier said that the claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft NRC for Assam published on 31 December 2017, would be scrutinized and included in the subsequent list, if found genuine.

Final Draft of NRC:-

1. The Assam government on 30 July 2018 released the second and final draft of the state’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).

2. As per the Draft, the total number of persons included in the list is 2,89,83,677 leaving a total of 40,70,707 as ineligible for inclusion. Out of 40,70,707 names, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and 2,48,077 names are kept on hold.

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