The Supreme Court on Thursday set July 31 as deadline for publication of final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.
The apex court ordered a meeting between NRC coordinator, Assam government and the EC to ensure there’s no dearth of officials for polls and NRC exercise, and asked the competent authorities to sit together to plan them.
The apex court asked chief secretary of Assam government, secretary of Election Commission and the NRC coordinator in the state to hold a meeting to decide how the officials have to be accommodated for the two exercises.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Assam, will ensure that the meeting is held within seven days.
The outcome of the meeting will be informed to the apex court on February 5, when the matter will be taken again to the bench.
The SC was informed that about 40 lakh persons were left out of draft NRC, as many as 36.2 lakh have filed claims for inclusion of their names in the final NRC.
At the same time, around 2 lakh objections have been registered against the names included in the draft NRC.
The final draft of NRC was released on July 30, 2018 that included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore.