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Jamaat forms NRC panel
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Jan 11 - Alleging that the number of persons declared as foreigners in Assam has increased dramatically during the BJP regime, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has formed a three-member committee to look into the entire NRC issue.

The committee will also help the economically and educationally backward people to comply with the necessary documentary requirements for citizenship, JIH president Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari said addressing a press conference here today.

He said Jamaat-e-Islami Hind was deeply concerned with the publication of the draft NRC in Assam. “Thus far, the NRC has held 1.9 crore people of the 3.3 crore applicants to be valid and bona fide citizens of India. The fate of 1.4 crore people still hangs in balance. The final list is expected to come out by July,” he said.

The JIH president said the number of those declared as foreigners has increased dramatically after the BJP government came to power in Assam. “Jamaat expects that the government agencies entrusted with the task of preparing the list of legal citizens shall discharge their duty diligently and without bias. Those in power in the State and the Centre should also ensure that communal elements are reined in and law and order is maintained in Assam,” he said.

“According to the Assam Accord signed in 1985, anyone who entered the State after March 24, 1971 is considered an illegal resident. However, if a person is accused of being a foreigner, then the onus of proof lies on the accused. But genuine citizens, who are impoverished and could not maintain proper records, are impacted and now face the brunt of being branded as foreigners. Most of them are declared foreigners due to minor inaccuracies in their documents,” he added.

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