Sailesh, who goes by one name, said the draft citizens register was not meant to drive people out, and that those left off the list will have until the end of September to file an appeal.
Security has been tightened across India's northeastern state of Assam as millions discovered they were at risk of deportation following the release of the federal government's controversial citizens list. Meanwhile, if an applicant has an objection of inclusion of an ineligible person in the final Draft than there is also a provision to submit Objection towards any ineligible name added in the list.
Mr. Sonowal expressed confidence that the NRC, which has become the "instrument to safeguard the interest of greater Assamese society", would be able to pave the way for realising the hopes and aspirations of the genuine Indian citizens.
The forty lakh now on the edge to prove their nationality will have to apply for claims and objections, said State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela.
"If the government has chose to brand us foreigners what can we do?" said the 60-year-old. We are trying to tell them they might have missed out because of some reasons such as unsubstantiated documents. We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country.
■ Existence of name in the legacy data: The legacy data is the collective list of the NRC data of 1951 and the electoral rolls up to midnight of 24 March 1971.
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Asking the opposition to list out what role the government has played in the NRC, Singh said, "It is a sensitive issue and should not be politicised unnecessarily".
Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Bangladesh during Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan in the early 1970s.
The draft presented by the officials had recognised 2,89,83,677 locals as the citizen of India. Majority settled in Assam, which has a near-165-mile (270km) border with Bangladesh.
Some residents say the demography of the state has been altered by illegal Muslim migrants and resent this. About 2,000 Muslims, including children, were masscared in a single day in Assam's Nellie village in 1983 at the height of the anti-foreigners agitation. The state is still holding the central forces and they plan to continue that until the entire process is not completed.
Tensions between Assam's indigenous tribes and Bengali-speaking Muslims have led to outbreaks of deadly violence in the past. "I request the Centre that amendments be moved so that these 40 lakh people get to stay in Assam", he said.