Amid massive uproar by the Opposition on Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, State Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Thursday assured that anyone who is an Indian would surely find their names in the final list.
In an exclusive interview to agencies, Mukhi said, “Draft of NRC is a historical event for Assamese as it has been done as per wishes of the people of the state and Assam accord. Many people are worried over non-inclusion of their names in NRC. I assure them that anyone who is an Indian, their name will certainly be there in final NRC report”.
The draft, which was released on July 30, left out nearly 40 lakh people in Assam, incorporating names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. Since then, the Opposition has been at loggerheads with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre over the issue.
Supporting NRC over the missing names, the State Governor asserted that Centre has the right to know about foreigners staying in the state.
“The government assures that each and every Indian shall be included in the final NRC report and guarantees security to every citizen in the state. Central Government has the right to know about the foreigners staying in the state or country. It will be better if every state has NRC prepared, they should not only prepare NRC rather they should update it with every census, this will ensure full proof security in the country,” Mukhi.
The first draft was published on December 31, 2017, and names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated.
The NRC draft features the names, addresses, and photographs of all Indian citizens, who have been residing in the northeastern state before March 25, 1971.