The National Register of Citizens (NRC) authorities in Assam have ordered the removal of “ineligible” names from the prepared register.

The NRC, published in August last year under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, excluded 19 lakh-odd applicants out out of around 3.3 crore applicants.

In a letter to all DCs on Tuesday, NRC state coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma, directed them to issue speaking orders for the deletion of such names.

“As per the reports received from your end through Webform, some names of ineligible persons belonging to the categories of DF (declared foreigners)/DV (‘D’ voters)/PFT (pending in Foreigners Tribunals) along with their descendants have found entry to the NRC,” he said.

Sarma directed district officials to issue orders for deletion of such names from the NRC as per Clause 4(6) of the Schedule under the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, after “specifically ascertaining the identity of the person”.

“The verification would mandatorily require the correct identity of the person so that no ambiguity arises in future so far as the identification of the person is concerned,” Sarma wrote.

“You are, therefore, requested to submit the list of such persons who are not eligible for having their names in the NRC along with speaking order justifying reasons for each case for necessary action for deletion of such names,” he added.


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