While the debate over the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) list released on August 31 continues throughout the nation, the Assam Government on Saturday has released the results for all the 3.3 crore NRC applicants online only. As shared on its official website, this full-fledged list has the name of the applicants as per Draft NRC and the supplementary list of Inclusions and Exclusions. All family members can now check their final status online. The list of exclusions was previously published on August 31.
Earlier in the week, Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela has explained what would comprise in the final list released on Saturday. He said, "Whereas the final NRC publication on August 31, 2019, consisted only of supplementary lists, queries are being received about the publication of results of all members of a family irrespective of their involvement in the Claims and Objections process. The results for the complete family will be available for display online from September 14, 2019. This display will be available only online,” in a press statement.
On August 31, the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator's office released the final NRC list. 3,11,21,004 Assam residents have been found eligible, while 19,06,657 Assam residents have been found ineligible. The exclusion includes the number of people who did not submit their papers to the NRC authorities. The 19 lakh exclusion is a major decrease from the over 40 lakh excluded in the second draft published on July 2018.
The NRC was first prepared in 1951 under the purview of the Census Act, 1948. An updation process was started in 2013 and ended with the receipt of forms by the NRC authorities on 31 August 2015. The process aimed at separating genuine Indian citizens from undocumented immigrants living in Assam. As per NRC terms, a resident has to prove that they or their ancestors entered Assam before midnight on March 24, 1971. The Centre has said that those failing to do so may not be deported.
According to the NRC press release, 3,30,27,661 Assam residents have had to prove their Indian citizenship. Previously in December 2017, the first draft was published in which 140 lakh people were included. Further, in July 2018, the second draft was published where more than 40 lakh people were excluded. Apart from these drafts, an additional exclusion list was published on June 26, 2019, where names of 1,02,463 people were published. These persons were earlier included in the draft.