The Government on Monday released the much-awaited second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) amid tight security in Assam. The first complete draft of the NRC comprises over 2.89 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants of the state. However, around 40.07 lakh applicants did not find any place due to some discrepancies in their documents. The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on December 31, 2017 and comprised name of 1.9 crore people.
"This is a draft NRC and not the final NRC. All genuine Indian citizens whose names did not figure in the NRC will get ample opportunities to enter their names in the final NRC," Registrar General of India Sailesh said.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been imposed in all the 33 districts as a precautionary measure in the wake of the NRC release.
What is NRC?
NRC is the list containing names of Indian citizens of Assam. It was first prepared in 1951 following the Census of India.
It is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in the state. Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951.
Who were included in NRC?
Those people who are included in the list of 1951 census or who are in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24 March 1971 and their descendants.
Even those from Bangladesh who entered Assam before January 1, 1966, or between January 1, 1966 and March 25 1971 could get citizenship after registering themselves and living for 10 years. However those who entered after midnight of March 24, 1971 were to be deported.
How verification was done?
Verification is being done in two steps. The first is office verification where documents submitted as proof is verified. The second step involves field verification during which identity of the applicants and their linkage to the quoted reference in the Legacy Data is established.
How to check your name?
One can check his or her name by visiting the official website nrcassam.nic.in or by calling 24x7 toll-free numbers - 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam. After calling refer to you 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN) to find out the details.
To check it via SMS, type pe ARN space ARN number (Example ARN 111222333444555666777) and then send it to 9765556555 or 7899405444 or 7026321133 or 7026861122. You will receive an SMM with all the details.
What to do if your name is not in NRC?
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed all the officials to remain alert and help and explain the process of claims and objections to people whose names do not appear in the draft.
If a person's name does not appear in the draft, he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective NSKs. These forms will be available from August 7 to September 28 and following which authorities will explain them the reason for their names being left out.
The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearings.