The government today released the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) list with names of 28,983,677 citizens. However, around 40 lakh people have been left out of the list. The first draft of the NRC process was released in December 31, last year in which around 1.9 crore people out of the total application of 3.29 crore were included.
The state government has beefed up security across the state and has requested the citizens to not believe in any rumours. Prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in seven districts.
Here is all you need to know about NRC final draft:
- The citzens can check their names on NRC website and through SMSs. The websites are — nrcassam.nic.in; assam.mygov.in; assam.gov.in
- They can also visit the NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across the state at 10 am.
- The NRC list will feature the names, addresses and photographs of all Indian citizens, who have been residing in the north eastern state before March 25, 1971
- Here are 5 ways to check your name in the list:
- If a person’s name does not appear in the draft, they have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective NSKs. These forms will be available from August 7 to September 28 and the authorities will then inform them the reason for their names being left out.
Here is what you should do if your name’s not there?
- The claim will be filed from August 30 to September 28 and will be finally disposed of after proper hearings.
- The applicants can also call 24×7 toll free numbers–15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam– by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).
- 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 NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in Assam.
What is NRC:
- National Register of Citizens is a record of all legal citizens of a state. The first list of NRC was created way back in 1951.
- During the anti-illegal foreigners’ movement in Assam in 1980, demands were raised to update the list in
- The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Assam Gana Parishad in 1980 submitted a memorandum to the Centre, seeking the ‘updation’ of the list. The move was aimed at protecting the indigenous culture of Assam from illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
- In a tripartite meeting to review the implementation of the Assam Accord chaired by the then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh in 2005, a decision to update the NRC was taken.
- In 2010 the pilot project of updating the NRC in Barpeta and Chaygaon revenue circles was called off after violent protest in Barpeta town in which four persons were killed and over several others injured.
- Applications were invited in 2015. Around 3.29 crore people of Assam had applied for inclusion of their names and around 6.6 crore documents were submitted by the applicants.