New PAN cards and electoral rolls led to the surge in the number of NRC claims: Officials

The deadline for filing claims and objection in NRC ended on December 31, 2018.

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Around 31.2 lakh people filed claims and around 2.6 lakh objections were filed.
The surge in the number of claims in the National of Register of Citizens (NRC) for 40 lakh people left out in the final draft of NRC is attributed to new Pan card and 2018 electoral rolls.

The deadline for filing claims and objection in NRC ended on December 31, 2018. Around 31.2 lakh people filed claims and around 2.6 lakh objections were filed.

An official in NRC, who does not want to be named, told ET, “We have information that large number of people made their Pan cards recently. Basically in the filing of claims, large numbers of people have used 2018 electoral rolls and Pan cards.”


The verification of the claims and objections will start from February 15. NRC authorities will issue notices now and take hearing.

He added, “We will analysis the whole thing in details as earlier we have found how illegal immigrant from Bangladesh have managed to make Pan Card. This was placed before the Supreme court.”

He said, " We have been maintaining that there were several lakh bogus claims and several lakh did not apply."

The process of claim and objection started on September 25. With names of 2,89,83,677 people in the final draft of NRC was published on July 30, around 40 lakh people could not make it to this final draft.
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Till December 8 last year, only 10.25 lakh people have filed claims and paltry 233 objections were made. On December 30, the number of objections was 600, however, on December 31 the total number surged to 2.6 lakh. Similarly on December 30, the numbers of claims filed were around 30 lakh, which increased to 31.2 lakh on December 31. ”

The process of claim has started with 10 documents which include records of land rights, permanent residential certificate issued from outside Assam, Indian passport, LIC policy, any licence/certificate issued by any government authority, document showing service/employment under government/PSUs, bank/post office accounts, birth certificates issued by the competent authority, educational certificate issued by a board/university, court records/processes.

Later Supreme Court allowed claimants for inclusion in the NRC five additional documents with extended deadline of till December 15. These documents include 1951 NRC, pre-1971 voters’ lists, citizenship certificate, refugee registration certificate and ration cards (as supporting documents).

The Supreme Court on December 12 extended the deadline for submission of claims and objections for inclusion in NRC from December 15 to December 31, 2018.
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