An applicant submitting application form for NRC at an NSK in Guwahati
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Assam: Govt to set up high-level panel for those left out of NRC

Decision taken at a meeting convened by Union home minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, among others

Guwahati: At a meeting convened by Union home minister Rajnath Singh with representatives from the Centre and the Assam government on Tuesday evening, it was decided that a high-level committee would be set up to decide the fate of those left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

A senior official who attended the meeting was quoted as saying by media reports: “The high-level committee will see what to do with those people who would be left out from the final list of the NRC." But the official did not mention whether the remaining people will be issued any work permit to stay in Assam.

The meeting was also attended by Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Union home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain, among other officials.

The NRC is being updated in the state under the supervision of the Supreme Court through state-coordinator Pratik Hajela. Out of the 3.29 crore applicants, around 40 lakh people did not feature in the final draft.

However, the process of claims and objections began on September 25 for inclusion of names in the NRC. The claims and objections date will come to an end on December 15.

Reportedly, about six lakh people have submitted the claims form to feature in the NRC claiming their citizenship. The official was reported saying that the rest 36 lakh people may not have relevant documents to prove their nationality.

The NRC being updated follows a long-standing demand to identify illegal migrants and deportation of those migrants.