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Those left out of NRC may lose voting rights: Officials

Those left out of NRC may  lose voting rights: Officials

New Delhi: Disenfranchisement may be the first possible step against those whose names will not be part of the final list of the NRC to be published after the claims and objections window comes to an end this week, officials said Sunday.

As of now, just about 10 lakh people, out of the total 40 lakh, who were excluded in the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) have submitted applications for inclusion of their names in the list of Assam's citizens.

They have given relevant documents claiming that they are Indian citizens.

If someone cannot provide documents related to Indian citizenship, disenfranchisement may be the first possible step, a government official said.

However, a final decision on the fate of such paper-less people will be taken by the Supreme Court, which is supervising the massive exercise in Assam.

Following a directive of the Supreme Court, the process of filing claims and objections to the draft NRC began on September 25, and it will come to an end on December 15.

All those who were excluded from the draft NRC were given ample opportunities to prove their Indian citizenship, another official said.

If some people are not turning up to seek inclusion of their names in the NRC, it means they don't have the required documents, the official said.

The draft NRC was prepared with painstaking efforts with a robust mechanism, and hence the chances of error are minimal, he said.

However, all those who will be excluded from the final NRC will have the right to approach the Citizenship Tribunals followed by the competent courts to challenge the decision of the NRC authorities.

The Supreme Court has also finalised a set of standard operating procedure (SOP) or disposal of claims and objections in the updating of the NRC.

The draft NRC was published on July 30 and included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore.

There has been a massive controversy over the exclusion of 40 lakh people from the draft NRC.

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