Assam lists 19 million citizens in first draft National Register of Citizens

Michele Moreno
January 2, 2018

The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam was revealed on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Sailesh at a press conference held at midnight also made a draft public. The Counter Insurgency (CI) grid, involving the Army, police, paramilitary and Intelligence agencies, has been regularly reviewing the situation and directing all possible action to ensure peace.There have been Intelligence inputs about possible tension in some parts of the State where names of doubtful citizens could be excluded in the draft list, another official said. The names of the remaining applicants are under various stages of verification. "Following verification of documents, we will publish the final draft".

The NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the only time in 1951 and is being updated for only Assam to weed out illegal immigrants.

People carrying documents to prove their citizenship, thronged the seva kendras, which opened at 8am, and stood in long queues to check if their names were included in the draft. They can also check for information online, through SMS and a toll-free number for people from Assam (15107).

The state coordinator for NRC, Prateek Hajela, asserted that "genuine" Indian citizens need not panic if their names have not appeared in the first draft as verification process is yet to be completed.

"It is a tedious process to verify the names". So there is a possibility that some names within a single family may not be there in the first draft. If your name is included in the NRC draft, you will receive an SMS automatically. "We will be able to complete the entire process this year", Sailesh said.

Also, demand SMS be can sent to the same phone numbers by typing ARN and after putting a space the 21 digit application receipt number (ARN).

However, on being contacted, State BJP general secretary and spokesperson Rupam Goswami dismissed all allegations regarding attempts by the ruling side to delay the exercise and added that the NRC update process is being directly monitored by the Supreme Court and the government is only playing the role of facilitator. It covers 1.90 crore people out of total 3.29 crore applicants, who submitted their documents to include their names in the NRC.

Assam, which faced influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.

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