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Assam is going to be excluded from an exercise to update the National Population Register (NPR), which will start from April 1 next year.

As per a gazette notification issued by the Central government, the field works to prepare and update the population register throughout the country, barring Assam, will begin from April 1 till September 30 next year.

The exercise will be undertaken to collect information relating to all the persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of local registrar except for Assam, it said.

The notification, however, did not mention any specific reason for this.

Asked about the exclusion of Assam from the mega exercise, State government officials said that they are not aware in this regard.

“I have no idea about this,” said Commissioner & Secretary, General Administration Department (GAD), Dr. M Angamuthu while replying to a query by Northeast Now.

It may be mentioned that Assam recently had the final updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on August 31 with inclusion of over 3.11 crore people.

The final NRC excluded names of over 1.9 million people.

Also read: Assam gets its updated NRC…finally; 19,06,657 excluded from final list

The Assam government recently stated that the excluded 1.9 million people would neither be detained nor be declared as foreigners.

These people have to approach the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) in Assam to make fresh claims for Indian citizenship within 120 days and can subsequently move higher courts if not satisfied with the ruling of the FTs.

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