Parties hail NRC first draft publication

02 January, 2018, 10:36 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • The Supreme Court had recently ordered that this would only be a partial roll of citizens and ‘the remaining portion’ of the draft NRC should be released at a ‘later date

Assam today published the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) recognising 19 million out of the 32.9 million total applicants as legal citizens of India.

People queuing up to check their names in the first NRC draft list at an NRC Seva Kendra, in Golaghat on Monday.

"It is a part draft". The names of the remaining applicants are under various stages of verification.

Mr. Sailesh said after publication of the complete NRC draft, every individual will get an opportunity to file claims and objections if any.

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

National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951, is a record of names of Indian citizens being updated until midnight of March 24, 1971. This was a key election promise made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before it won the state polls in 2016.

People, carrying documents to prove their citizenship, thronged the seva kendras and stood patiently in long queues as soon as they opened at 8 AM to check if their names were included in the draft. They can also check for information online and through SMS services.


NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela said the documents of the applicants were being examined carefully.

"The process to verify the names is tedious".

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"There is no need to panic as rest of the documents are under verification", he said. The State Government then formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to hold talks with different organisations to draft modalities for updating the NRC.

"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.

Leaders of all major political parties told this newspaper that completion of the entire exercise at the earliest possible date will help to deal with the complex foreigners issue and so the focus of the NRC authorities should be on expediting the process, while at the same time ensuring that the final document which will come out is free from errors. It is feared that many Muslims from Assam will be expelled after being identified as "illegal immigrants from Bangladeshi" during the creation of the NRC list. Altogether 3.29 crore people from 68.27 lakh families had applied to update their names in the NRC.

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