Supreme Court extends NRC deadline to file claims for inclusion to December 31

The Supreme Court has extended the last date to file claims and objections on inclusion of names in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) from December 15 to December 31, 2018.

The court’s order came after the Assam government asked it to extend the deadline on Tuesday. The state government had asked for an urgent hearing which the court had refused but had said that it would consider the plea. Hearing the case today, the Supreme Court extended the deadline by 15 days.

The Assam government released the final draft of NRC on July 30, 2018. The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list that contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. It was last prepared after Census in 1951. Assam, which had faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC.

The Assam government on July 30, 2018 released the second and final draft of the state’s National Register of Citizens (NRC). The draft includes the names of Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971.

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