Guwahati: A new notification issued by the Registrar General of India (RGI) on Thursday evening led to a nationwide news frenzy after it was misread by a section of the media.
While the notification was supposed to be a routine technical six-monthly notification of the RGI, several media organisations confused it with an apparent six months’ extension of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process.
The story was first filed by a major wire service, which was then picked up by most of the media outlets, regional as well as national, leading to a state of confusion.
With the term of last technical notification expiring on December 31, 2018, the RGI, in a routine exercise issued a new notification to keep the entire operation functioning without a hiccup, extending it to June 30, 2019.
But, what slipped off their minds was that the dates have been decided by the Supreme Court as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as drafted by the Central Government. The Apex Court of the country is the only authority to decide on NRC-related issues.
The final draft NRC, published on July 30, had left out 40,07,707 of the 3,29,91,384 applicants. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and 2,48,077 are on hold. Out of the 40 lakh left out of the draft National Register of Citizens published on July 30, only 26 lakh people had filed claims and objections for inclusion of names in the citizens' register until the November 1 decision by the Supreme Court allowing five more documents which were earlier objected to by NRC coordinator. The November 1 decision has led to an increase in the number of people filing claims and objections.