Under the Constitutional mandate, it is the duty of the state to not interfere with the functioning of the state election commission, the SC bench held/ File image

New Delhi: In a significant development, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday asked the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela to submit a detailed report, in a sealed cover, the data of district-wise percentage of population excluded from the NRC draft in Assam.

The court posted the matter for further hearing on August 28.

The apex court of the country also directed the Assam NRC coordinator to make available the copies of draft NRC at all panchayat offices so that public can access it easily.

The SC said that the claim and objection forms on the Assam NRC issue will be made available to the general public from August 20, 2018.

A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman sought the response of all the stakeholders including All Assam Minority Students Union on the Centre’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on the NRC issue.

It also said that the receipt of claim and objection forms from the public will commence on August 30.

It may be recalled here that second draft NRC list was published on July 30, 2018 in which out of 3.29 crore people, names of 2.89 crore have been included in the draft NRC. Names of 40,70,707 people do not figure in the list. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.

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