Assam government recognises 1.9 crore legal citizens in first NRC draft

Violet Powell
January 2, 2018

AT the stroke of midnight on Sunday, the Assam Government will release the first draft of the much-awaited National Register of Citizens (NRC) with names of 2.24 crore bona fide Indian citizens.Army troops are on standby while a massive number of 45,000 security personnel were being deployed across Assam ahead of the publication of the first draft of the NRC. People in Assam can call at 15107 to know the inclusion of their names in the NRC draft while those who are outside the state, can dial 18003453762. "I am not anxious as the government is yet to publish another part of the draft". As many as 1.9 crore people were included as legal citizens of India in the first draft of NRC.

Speaking about the next draft, the RGI said, 'We will be taking it to the Supreme Court because they have guided us.

Assam has been driven into a conflict between the permanent residence and those who have migrated from Bangladesh.

NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the first time in 1951 and is being updated for only Assam to weed out illegal immigrants. This was a key election promise made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before it won the state polls in 2016. The draft is available in various websites such as nrcassam.nic.in, and Assam.gov.in citizen can also check their names at nearby NRC Seva Kendra.

"There is no need to panic as rest of the documents are under verification", said Prateek Haleja, NRC State Coordinator.

"The process to verify the names is tedious".

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Names of AIUDF supremo Badruddin Ajmal, MP Sirajuddin Ajmal, MLAs Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Kasimi and Haji Aminul Islam are not in the first draft, even as the party claimed that some family members of those leaders have found their names on the first list. Not only should the remaining part of the exercise be fast-tracked but they (officials) also need to be extra vigilant, ” he said.

"The exercise, which so begun in right earnestness, has been monitored by the Supreme Court of India since December 2013 and the first draft has consequently been published yesterday", he added.

The fourth way is sending demand SMS to the same phone numbers by typing ARN space and the 21 digit application receipt number (ARN).

On November 17, 1999, at an official-level tripartite meeting to review the implementation of the Assam Accord, a decision was taken that the NRC would be updated and the Centre sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for the goal and released Rs 5 lakh of it to start the exercise.The final decision to update the NRC was taken on May 5, 2005 when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chaired a meeting to review the implementation of the accord.Thereafter, the Government created a directorate for updating the NRC and the process of computerisation of the voters' list up to 1971 and the NRC of 1951 began. "We will be able to complete the entire process in this year", the RGI said.

The NRC was last updated in Assam way back in 1951.

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