Among the 40 lakh people who did not find their names in the complete draft National Register of Citizens published on Monday, the family of India’s former President late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s brother also, to its shock, found their name missing from the list.
Ziauddin, the son of Fakhruddin’s brother Lt Ekramuddin Ali Ahmed family hailing from Rangia, in Kamrup district of Assam expressed shock that none of the family members' names were on the list. He said that he would try to find documents to make it to the NRC list.
“I am the nephew of former President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and my name is missing in the NRC, since my father’s name is not in the legacy data, we are little worried about it,” said Ziauddin Ali Ahmed.
On Monday, Shailesh, Registrar General and Census Commissioner, said each and every person whose name hasn't featured will be given an individual letter to make claims.
"The process has been completely transparent, fair, objective and meticulously carried out. Adequate opportunity to all applicants were given," said Shailesh. The Registrar General emphasised that this is not the final list.
After the release of the final draft, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also urged people not to panic if their names did not appear in NRC draft as genuine Indian citizens would get "full opportunity" to make claims and objections.
"NRC is a national programme. It is the duty and obligation of every Indian citizen to maintain peace in the wake of its publication. I appeal to all sections of the society to desist from making any inflammatory or communal remarks," he added.
Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951, with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date, to include names of "genuine Indian citizens".