The process of collection of forms for claims, objection and corrections in the case of genuine Indian citizens living in Assam whose names did not feature in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens began today after two postponements. However, people — who were seen making a beeline to the NRC Seva Kendras to collect the forms and documents — were bitterly disappointment and had to return home empty handed since many offices were without the application forms.
“I had come to the NSK to get the claims and objection forms. But the official had said that the forms are not available. It’s harassment for the people. They should have got the forms,” a person of Biswanath district whose name did not feature in the draft NRC said.
Incidentally, the entire exercise was first scheduled to have got underway from August 7 but was then postponed to Aug 10. However, after the exercise got under way, NRC authorities postponed distribution of the application forms for the second time, announcing that it will begin from today (Aug 20).
Altogether 2,89,83,677 persons out of a total 3,29,91,384 applicants were included in the final NRC draft published on July 30 while over the names of over 40 lakh people were not included. The entire update exercise has been monitored by the Supreme Court which has, however, not fixed any deadline to publish the final NRC.