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Ex­clu­sion from the NRC has no im­pli­ca­tion on the rights of a res­i­dent of As­sam. Those who are not in the final list will not be de­tained and will con­tinue to en­joy all the rights as be­fore till they have ex­hausted all the reme­dies avail­able un­der law. It does not make the ex­cluded per­son state­less. It also does not make him a for­eigner,” says Raveesh Ku­mar, of­fi­cial spokesper­son of the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry. So, a per­son ex­cluded from the NRC will con­tinue to own land and prop­erty, keep jobs and ap­ply for new po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tors. The ex­cluded in­di­vid­u­als can file an ap­peal within four months to the For­eign­ers’ Tri­bunals (FTs) con­test­ing their ex­clu­sions. The district ad­min­is­tra­tion can also re­fer their names to the FTs. If they don’t get re­prieve from the FTs, they can go to the high court and later the Supreme Court. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion will take a call on their vot­ing rights once all the names are re­ferred to the FTs. In As­sam, since 1997, a per­son re­ferred to the FTs, is marked as D-Voter (they lose the right to vote). Once a per­son is legally de­clared a for­eigner, he or she will be sent to a de­ten­tion cen­tre.

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