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Assam government will provide legal aid to those excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The necessary assistance from the State Government will be provided through the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA).

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Moreover, the people have been repeatedly assured that those whose names have been excluded from NRC would get an opportunity to file their appeal and be heard in the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) as per the direction of the Union Home Ministry.

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Notably, the time limit for them to fill in appeals has been increased to 120 days from 60 days.

Assam on Saturday finally got its updated version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) with a total of 3,11,21,004 persons found eligible for inclusion in the Final list.

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A total of 19,06,657  persons including those who did not submit claims have failed to make it to the final NRC list.

New Delhi based Rights and Risk Analysis Group (RRAG) termed it as largest such incident making people ‘stateless’ in recent times.

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RRAG director Suhas Chakma said that the statistics is followed by declaration of about 9,75,000 descendents of Indian origin Tamils as ‘non-nationals’ in  Sri Lanka in 1948 and the decree making an estimated 800,000 Rohingyas stateless under the 1982 Citizenship Law of Burma.

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