Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on his first reaction after the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released, has assured that no coercive action would be taken against those whose names are not mentioned in the final draft.
Talking to ANI, Rajnath said, “Even someone whose name is not in the final draft can approach the foreigner’s tribunal. No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic.”
“Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. This is a completely impartial report. No misinformation should be spread. This is a draft and not the final draft ,” he added.
Nearly 40 lakh people in Assam are not in the draft list of the NRC, which has been updated for the first time since 1951, to account for illegal migration from nearby Bangladesh.
The NRC is a list of Assam’s citizens and it is being updated following a direction of the Supreme Court.