Published: Mon, July 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Stage set for release of Assam's final NRC draft today

Stage set for release of Assam's final NRC draft today

# 12:24 pm: I am very happy and relieved, my name and the names of my family members have been included in the draft list: Rinju Hussain, local on NRC Assam draft list.

"Although we have been told that we can apply once again to get our names enlisted in the citizenship list, we are anxious about our future", said Nur Banu, a 45-year-old woman from the Darrang district, whose family of six was missing from the list. However, the manner in which this exercise has been undertaken by the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state of Assam leaves much to be desired.There are reports pouring in from all corners of Assam of Indian citizens finding their names missing in the draft NRC, creating massive insecurity in the state.

People wait in queue to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018.

The NRC is an application-based process and if someone does not apply for inclusion of name, that person's name will not figure in the list, however prominent the individual may be, the official said.

The names of his son and daughter too were missing from the NRC, which is being updated to detect illegal migrants in Assam.

The NRC will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis.

He assured thatpeople, who have been left out of the list can file claims and objections inthe Higher Administrative level and later in the Foreigners' Tribunal.

The country's Supreme Court which has been supervising the registration, had initially set June 30 as the deadline to publish the draft list.

The draft NRC was published on Monday with the names of about 40 lakh residents of Assam not being included. He said out of the 3,29,91,384 applicants, the names of 2,89,83,677 people had figured in the draft.

The applicants can also call 24x7 toll free numbers-15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam- by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).

"For this remarkable feat, I extend my heartiest congratulations to the 55,000 officials engaged in the process of updating NRC and the people living across the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, plains and hills of the state", he said.

Assam, where one-third of the population is Muslim, is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens. No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic, says Rajnath Singh.

If one's name does not feature on the list, he or she could go to their respective NSKs and fill in the prescribed forms that will be available from August 7 to September 28, and the authorities will inform them of the reason their names were withheld from the list. All Assam Students' Union (AASU) general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the draft publication is "a historic moment after the signing of the Assam Accord". The candidates are welcome to check their names by visiting the NRC website and through SMS.

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