There was no need to panic, Singh said on Monday, adding that those missing from the draft list could re-submit their papers.
"Although we have been told that we can apply once again to get our names enlisted in the citizenship list, we are anxious about our future", said Nur Banu, a 45-year-old woman from the Darrang district, whose family of six was missing from the list. However, the manner in which this exercise has been undertaken by the BJP Governments at the centre and in the State of Assam leaves much to be desired.
People wait in queue to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018. While the government has made it clear that this is just a draft and the final list would be out after claims are objections are filed, it is still unclear what happens to these people. The biggest challenge for India would be to deal with these people who will become stateless if their names do not make it to the final list.
He said, they will begiven full opportunity to prove their claims.
The legally-binding list is being updated for the first time since 1951 to recognize Indian citizens living in Assam and identify those not legally living in the state.
Citizens who have been residing in the state since March 25, 1971, will find their names, along with addresses and photographs on the NRC list.
The names of Samir Das, a Bengali-speaking Hindu businessman in Assam's eastern town of Hojai, and his family, were missing, he told television journalists.
The home minister also said that there is "no question of any coercive action against anyone", while stressing the NRC process is "being carried out with complete fairness and transparency".
"Everything is being done as per the Supreme Court order".
Sonowal had also directed the officials not to refer any case to the Foreigners' Tribunal based on the NRC draft list. This means that the names of 40.07 lakh have been left out.
One could also call the toll free number 15107 from within Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam to get information on their NRC status.
Assam, where one-third of the population is Muslim, is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.
The first NRC draft, with 1.9 crore names, was released during the intervening night of 31 December and 1 January this year.
The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28.
Assam, a state of 33 million people known for its lush tea estates, has for decades been racked by violence between indigenous tribes and settlers.
The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has taken a special initiative to set up a 24-hour control room at its central office here to help people.
The applicants can also check their names by visiting the NRC website and through SMSs.