The Assam government released the second and final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Monday. As per the exercise, which was directly monitored by the Supreme Court, those who have entered Assam after March 24, 1971, will be viewed as illegal immigrants. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the second draft of the NRC while names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
The National Register of Citizens of 1951 is being updated in Assam to check illegal immigration. The NRC features the names, addresses and photographs of all indian citizens, who have been residing in the northeastern state before march 25, 1971.
The process of filing the applications ended on May, 2018. A total of 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families across the state of Assam.
The centre had earlier asked for a seven-month extension from the apex court but the plea was rejected.
This has been a volatile political issue and an intensely emotional subject of public debate since decades. A 2005 government resolution had decided to update the first list of state's citizens prepared in 1951.
The exercise finally took off ten years later in 2015.
The collation of information is being conducted under orders of the Supreme Court of India and the final draft list was released on Monday.
As per reports, the authorities have ensured that only Indian citizens are enrolled in the NRC. However, many are facing a hard time proving their citizenship, fueling fears of deportation. The government has assured those who didn’t make it to the list won’t face detention.
The final draft of the national register of citizens was published on Monday in Assam. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the second draft of the NRC while names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
While publishing the draft of NRC, officials reiterated that this was a draft and that people left out of the register would still be able to appeal and present their claim.