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Verification still pending

Guwahati: The verification of over one crore documents is the daunting challenge before officials after the Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Centre's plea to extend the December 31 deadline for publishing the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).

"It is a new challenge. We submitted in court the status of documents to be scrutinised. We will try our best to meet the deadline," said a senior official. He said state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela informed the apex court that it was ready to publish the draft NRC by December 31 of two crore people.

In the application for deadline extension filed by the Registrar General of India on Thursday, the unverified claims include 38 lakh people with some doubt in their documents and particulars, 47 lakh people with doubts over parental linkage and 29 lakh married women who had submitted residency certificates issued by gaon panchayats.

The process of re-verification of doubtful documents began on Thursday. A team from NRC seva kendras, constituted by deputy commissioners, will visit each household for the process.

The state NRC office has been assuring people through massive campaigns that all genuine citizens will be included in the NRC.

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