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Assam NRC final draft released updates: Rajya Sabha adjourned for day amid Opposition ruckus over missing names

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Assam NRC final draft released updates: Rajya Sabha adjourned for day amid Opposition ruckus over missing names
  • Today is a historic day for Assam: Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, General Secretary, All Assam Students' Union

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Govt should convene all-party meeting: Congress

    The Congress asked the government to immediately convene an all-party meeting on the NRC issue and inform the Opposition on the proposed steps to ensure that no Indian citizen is left out.

    Senior party spokesperson Anand Sharma said there should be no politics over the issue. "The government must immediately call a meeting of leaders of all parties and should inform about the steps it proposes to take," he said, adding that it would be proper if the meeting is called on Tuesday. - PTI

  • 16:26 (IST)

    No coercive action against those not named in list, says MHA

    The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that no coercive action will be taken against those who have not been included in the list, according to The Indian Express.

  • 16:24 (IST)

    NRC includes name of person declared 'foreigner' by Supreme Court

    Sobur Ali Mandal was declared a D-voter under Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 and again by the Foreigners' Tribunal. Even the Supreme court had upheld the decision of the Foreigners Tribunal. However, his name was included in the draft published today. He has been in detention camps since 2017

    Input by Syeda Ambia Zahan

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Explainer: People who are unable to prove their citizenship are categorised as D-voters

    The Election Commission conducts door-to-door surveys to revise the list after verifying people’s citizenship documents. If people fail to produce the citizenship documents, they are categorised as D-voters.

    D-voters can apply to be included in the NRC if the appropriate Foreigners Tribunal declares them as not 'foreigners'.

  • 16:05 (IST)

    Confident all sections of society will come forward to maintain peace: Sarbananda Sonowal

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day due to Opposition protests over Assam NRC

    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the Opposition, especially the Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party over the publication of Assam's NRC. The Upper House witnessed three adjournments earlier in the day due to the continued uproar over the issue before the Chair called it a day at 2:13 pm. - PTI

  • D-voters cannot be included in NRC as per a Supreme Court directive from October 2013: Prateek Hajela

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee, TMC MPs to visit Assam

    Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien said that Mamata Banerjee was not consulted while preparing the NRC final draft. He added that Banerjee and a delegation of TMC MPs will visit Assam, reported The Indian Express.

  • 15:33 (IST)

    Prateek Hajela says people will get another chance to claim citizenship

    NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela was reported as saying, "People of Assam have been eagerly waiting for the result of NRC. Today, because of their hard work, we have come to this point." He further said that people need not worry because they will be given another chance to claim citizenship.

    Input by Syeda Ambia Zahan

  • 15:29 (IST)

    Akhil Gogoi slams Mamata Banerjee for her remarks on Assam NRC final draft

    Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader Akhil Gogoi slammed Mamata Banerjee over his statement on Assam NRC final draft. He said that she does not know the real situation in Assam, and was just playing politics. "Mamata's emotions are false. She is just playing politics," he was quoted as saying by News18.

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Himanta Biswa Sarma says objective is to ensure a fair NRC

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Congress criticises faulty document handling during NRC final draft release

    Asaam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora told ANI that the BJP government was polarising the matter on purpose. "The BJP government has intentionally and for polarization has used the process of NRC because in 1885 and 1997, in intensive revision of voter list only 3.5 lakh people were found to be "D" voters. The tribunals in later phases have declared 90 percent of them as Indian citizens.

    "The reason that names of such a large number of people have not been enlisted is might be because of faulty document handling, rejection for minor errors etc. We, the Congress party, criticises it and we will take up the issue in the Parliament and to the Assam government. We will also fight the issue as per provisions of law," Bora said. 

  • 14:50 (IST)

    'NRC process suffered from human, technical error,' says Congress

    Ripun Bora, president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, said that the process of NRC "suffered" from human and technical error. "So, those 40 lakhs people whose names are not in the list cannot be termed as Bangladeshis. Many people from indigeneous communities like Moran and Matak have been left out. These people should be given a fair chance during their claims for citizenship" News18 quoted him as saying

  • 14:44 (IST)

    'Will abide by Supreme Court directions,' says Sonowal

    When asked about West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's comments on the issue earlier on Monday, Sonowal said, "Assam is a very peaceful state. We are confident that all sections of society will come forward to maintain peace and we abide by the Supreme Court directions."

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Urge people to maintain peace and tranquility, says Sarbananda Sonowal

    Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal reiterated that the list published on Monday is only a draft, not the final NRC. "The updated process has come to this extent of NRC. It is a draft only. This is to be remembered. And the state government and the Central government has extended full corporation to honour the guidelines of hon'ble Supreme Court of India. I am hopeful that further process will be completed with the  active participation of people of Assam. I urge the people to maintain peace and tranquility," he said. 

    Input by Syeda Ambia Zahan/101Reporters

  • Several discrepancies in NRC draft list, says AIUDF

     Hafiz Basir Ahmed Qasimi, general secretary of AIUDF said the party was not happy with the inclusion of only 2.9 crore people in the final NRC draft published on Monday. "We think there are anomalies. I think there are so many discrepancies in the process of taking the name, age etc. Maximum number of people are illiterate, so they could file their application with the authentic documents. Due to anomalies in the documents, a reasonable number of people have been left out," he told Firstpost.  

    Qasimi also said that the party has recruited volunteers to help people who were not included in the list with filing their claims and objection form. "We have already established a monitoring cell, control room at the state and district level to help the people whose names have not been included in the final draft. Volunteers will help the people form the collection of the form, to how to fill up and documents required for it."

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Govt has no role in NRC, entire process carried out under SC's direction, says MoS

    Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said the Opposition, particularly the Congress was trying to politicise the issue, when the government has no role in the NRC process. "Home ministry categorically said that government has no role in it. The entire process was carried out under Supreme Court's direction. The draft is not final, people can still file their claims. Opposition particularly Congress is trying to politicise the issue," he said. 

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Two Assam MLAs not included in NRC final draft

    Two Assam MLAs' names — Ramakant Deori of Marigaon and Ananta Kumar Malo of West Abhayapuri —  have been excluded from final draft NRC. 

    Input by Syeda Ambia Zahan/101Reporters

  • 14:07 (IST)

    90% of residents in Kokrajhar find their name in NRC final draft

    According to News18, 90 percent of the citizens in Kokrajhar district have been mentioned in the NRC final draft list released on Monday. The district had received a total of 2,03,906 application forms through its total 97 NSKs.

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Rajanth Singh reiterates NRC list released today is only final draft

    Union home minister again emphasised that the NRC list published on Monday is only a draft, and not the final NRC. "Everyone will have the opportunity to file Claims / Objections as per provision in the law. Only after the disposal of claims and objections, the Final NRC will be published," he tweeted.

  • 13:45 (IST)

    Silchar resident, who was issued D-voter notice, finds her name in NRC final draft

    A resident of Silchar in south Assam — Suchandra Goswami — who was issued a D-voter notice and sent to a detention camp in 2011, finds her name in the final draft NRC. She had to stay in the detention camp with hardcore criminals for three days.

    Input by Swapnaneel Bhattacharjee/101Reporters

  • 13:38 (IST)

    78% of applicants from Bongaigaon district included in NRC, says District Commissioner Babulal Sharma

    Bongaigaon District Commissioner Babulal Sharma said that so far, 78 percent of applicants from the district have been included in the NRC final fraft. "People are waiting in queue to see their names since last few hours. The NRC released by the Registrar General of India is not a final list. Rather it is a complete draft NRC. So far in Bongaigaon  district, names of 78 percent people has been included.

    "Those people whose names are not included will not be categorised as foreigners as they have option to claim object and correction. We will give reasons as to why their names has not been included as they can proceed for remedial steps," he told journalist Abhideep Choudhury.

    Input from Syeda Ambia/101Reporters

  • 13:35 (IST)

    Urge people whose names are not there to not panic: State minister Chandan Brahma

    Calling it a "historic day", Cabinet minister Chandan Brahma said he was happy with the smooth conduct of the entire NRC process. "People of Assam has shown immense patience and maturity during this process. It is a  historic day for Assam. I urge those people whose names are not in the list to not to panic. Follow the procedure of claim, objection and correction." he told Abhideep Choudhury, a local scribe. 

    Input from Syeda Ambia/101Reporters

  • 13:29 (IST)

    WATCH: 'D-voter' Rahmat Ali 'happy' his name is mentioned in NRC final draft

    Rahmat Ali, though a  "D" voter, is very happy to have seen his name in NRC. "Ofcourse I am very happy today. My name had to be there," he said. 

    Input from Syeda Ambia/101Reporters

  • 13:23 (IST)

    'Like lynching, NRC also matter of polarisation'

    Likening the 40 lakh missing applicants on the NRC final draft to mob lynching, Mamata said it is a matter of polarisation. "It is a humanitarian crisis. I will send my team to Assam but I don't know if they will be allowed to enter. They might not even listen to us," she said. She also said when she goes to New Delhi, she will attempt to meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh. 

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Deliberate attempt to isolate Bengalis and Biharis, says Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata calls the NRC final draft a conspiracy to isolate Bengalis and Biharis. "People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also," she said. 

  • 13:12 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee calls NRC 'politics ahead of 2019 elections'

    Mamata questions lack of transparency of the process. "This is politics ahead of the 2019 elections," said Mamata. The chief minister said the state government has tried to get in touch with the home ministry and other departments, but there was no response. "What is this lack of transparency? Why can't I speak to Mr Rajnath Singh?"

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Bengalis living in Assam targeted; they are Indians, not Rohingya, says Mamata Banerjee

    Addressing the media after the Assam NRC final draft was released on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Bengalis living in Assam were being targeted, and said that they are "Indians, not Rohingya". "How can they send women and children to detention centres? Aren't people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and other states living in Bengal? Bengalis living in Assam are being targetted. They are not Rohingyas, they are Indians," she said. 

    "There were people who have Aaadhar cards and passports but still their names are not in the draft list. Names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also. Is the Govt trying to do forceful eviction?" she asked. 

  • 13:08 (IST)

    RECAP: 2.9 crore names cleared in final draft of NRC in Assam

    The much-anticipated second and final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on Monday with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, according to the Registrar General of India Sailesh. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity. 

    Image by Ranjita Sarma

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Genuine citizens don't have to be tense, says Lower Assam Commissioner Ahmed Hussain

    Speaking to local scribe Abhideep Chowdhury, Lower Assam Commissioner Ahmed Hussain allayed fear and uncertain over the final NRC draft released on Monday. "This is the second and final draft. Names might be excluded but then there are lots of option for genuine citizens to not get panic and enlist themselves. Thanks to the people of Assam. There is a procedure of claim objection and correction. So I don't think genuine citizens have to be tense during this process."

    Input by Syeda Ambia Zahan/101Reporters

  • 13:02 (IST)

    WATCH: 'Afraid police will come and take me to jail,' says resident who did not feature on NRC final draft

    Meera Rani Das, 55, resident of Palongghat, Cachar, says that her name is not there in the list. She is afraid that police will come and take her to jail. She says that the procedure of proving her identity takes a lot of money and she cannot afford it.

    Input by Tilak Purkayastha/101Reporters

  • 12:53 (IST)

    All Assam Bengali Federation general secretary not included in NRC final draft

    The name of Samrat Bhawal, general secretary of All Assam Bengali Federation's central committee, is not in the list. He said though his name was in the first list he didn't find it today's complete list.

    "Though I am feeling a bit sad but there is option of re-application and also to know the reason as to why it has not appeared this time. My wife Subhra Bhawal has also not found her name. So we are both going to apply in the time frame of 7 August to 28 August. I am cent percent hopeful that we will get our names appeared," he said. 

    Input from Syeda Ambia Zahan/101Reporters

  • 12:51 (IST)

    Reasons behind non-inclusion of names in final draft will not be released publicly: Prateek Hajela

    "The reasons due to which 40 lakh people have not been able to figure in the complete NRC draft will not be made public. They will be intimated individually during the claims and objections process," News18 quoted NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela as saying. 

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned again till 2 pm amid uproar over publication of Assam NRC

    The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the second time till 2 pm on Monday as Opposition parties led by the TMC created an uproar over publication of Assam's National Register of Citizens. When the Upper House resumed after the first adjournment at noon, members from Opposition parties especially Congress, TMC and Samajwadi Party were up on their feet to raise the issue again. - PTI

  • 12:38 (IST)

    Ways to check your name in the NRC final draft

    If a person's name does not appear in the draft, they will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective NSKs. These forms will be available from 7 August to 28 September and the authorities will then inform them the reason for their names being left out.

    The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from 30 August to 28 September and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearings.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    WATCH: Rajnath Singh's response on Assam NRC final draft 

    TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay raised the NRC issue during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha on Monday. 

    Here is an excerpt from his transcript: "Where will these 40 lakh people go? It is inhuman. It is a mental torture. I would request the Central Government and hon Home Minister to take this issue up very seriously. Some step should be taken very promptly. Justice should not be denied to these people at any cost. Fresh revision should be on top priority, under the supervision of the Government of India. If necessary, amendment must be moved so that these people may get shelter."

  • 12:31 (IST)

    Sarbananda Sonowal to brief media at 1.30 pm

    Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will address the media at 1.30 pm on Monday. In the morning, the final draft of the National Registry of Citizens was released in Assam, where nearly 40 lakh applicants were found to be missing from the list. 

  • 12:23 (IST)

    NRC a SC-monitored exercise, Centre not involved, says Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

    Following ruckus in Lok Sabha over the NRC final draft released on Monday, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that the entire exercise is under the supervision of the Supreme Court and that the Centre has no role to play in it. "The list published today is not the final NRC. Now, 2.89 crore applicants have been mentioned in the NRC. After this, claims and objection process will begin from 30 August. It might take a while, but after that disposal will take place. This is Supreme Court-monitored exercise.

    "If people feel their issues are not redressed, they can approach the Foreigners' Tribunal. They will get justice somewhere or the other. I request the House to maintain calm. In this, Centre is not involved at all. Whatever is happening, it is under the Supreme Court. I just want to say that sensitive issues must not be unnecessarily politicised," Singh said. 

  • 12:13 (IST)

    TMC calls Assam NRC final draft 'inhuman'

    Calling the final Assam NRC draft 'inhuman', TMC said that the government intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from the final draft. TMC MP SS Sougata Roy said, "Central government has intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from NRC which will have serious ramifications on the demography of different states adjoining Assam. The prime minister should come to house and clarify it."

  • 12:01 (IST)

    60-year-old Bihar immigrant worried that his name is missing from NRC final draft

    60-year-old Karimula Ansari, who is originally from Bihar's Sivan district, says he is worried that his name is not on the NRC list. Speaking to Firstpost, Ansari said, "When we moved to Assam in 1964, we sold all our property and whatever land we had. Now, our names aren't on the list. I am very worried." 

    Ansari urged officials to be clear on the procedure that needs to be followed hereon. 

    Input by Pratyush Deep

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Names of D-voters missing from NRC final draft to be added after cases resolved

    The names of the D-voters are going to be added to the list once their cases have been solved in the Foreigners' Tribunal.

  • 11:21 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm after uproar over NRC

    The Rajya Sabha on Monday was adjourned till 12 pm after TMC MPs created an uproar over the the National Register of Citizens final draft released in Assam today. 

  • 11:20 (IST)

    40 lakh names missing is 'high figure, very surprising', says Congress

    Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora said claimed there were several irregularities with the final NRC draft released on Monday. "40 lakh names ineligible is a very high figure and very surprising. There are lot of irregularities in the report. We will raise this issue with the government and in the Parliament. Political motive of BJP is also behind this."

  • 11:14 (IST)

    'Everyone will be given chance to raise objections,' says Rajnath Singh

    "The NRC process is a transparent one. Everyone will be given a chance to raise objections.  Even after final NRC is released, people will have be given opportunity to approach Foreigners' Tribunal," said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. 

  • NRC is my branchild, the govt has made a mess of it: Tarun Gogoi

    "The NRC is my branchild. I started this scheme when nobody had thought about it — the AASU (All Assam Students' Union) didn't demand it, neither was it mentioned in the Assam Accord," former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi told Firstpost.


    But, Gogoi says, the current draft NRC that was published on Monday was not what he had in mind. "Most of the people left out of the draft NRC are genuine Indians, I feel... Even after five years of work and employing over 50,000 government officers, the government couldn't get things right. While I wouldn't say it was deliberate, it still shows inefficiency."

  • 11:13 (IST)

    WATCH: Wife's name missing from final draft NRC, says husband; 'not worried'

    Potol Paul from Silchar says his name has appeared in the list while his wife's is missing. However, he says that he is not worried and would soon start applying for claims and objections once the procedure begins.

    Input from Tilak Purkayastha/101Reporters

  • 11:07 (IST)

    WATCH: Man's sons' names missing from final NRC draft

    Ali Ahmed Haldar's three sons are absent from the final NRC draft released on Monday. He said that since he has legacy data of 1951, there is nothing to worry about. He said he will apply again. 

    Input by Pranjal S/101Reporters

  • 10:55 (IST)

    Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi says Congress govt initiated 'historic exercise'

    Congress MP from Assam, Gaurav Gogoi, cautioned media channels to be sensitive in their coverage about the final NRC draft in Assam released on Monday. "My humble appeal to all media channels today is be sensitive regarding the draft list of NRC in Assam. People have responded positively and been very cooperative. The previous Congress Govt initiated a historic exercise. My thanks to all Govt employees who have worked so hard," he tweeted. 

  • 10:52 (IST)

     WATCH: People checking their citizenship status at a NSK in Guwahati
     
    The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.
     
    Input from Chandrani Sinha/101Reporters

Assam NRC final draft LATEST updates: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following an uproar by the Opposition, especially the Trinamool Congress and the Samajwadi Party over the publication of Assam's National Register of Citizens.

The Upper House witnessed three adjournments earlier in the day due to the continued uproar over the issue before the Chair called it a day at 2:13 pm.

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien said that Mamata Banerjee was not consulted while preparing the NRC final draft. He added that Banerjee and a delegation of TMC MPs will visit Assam.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal reiterated that the list published on Monday is only a draft, not the final NRC. "The updated process has come to this extent of NRC. It is a draft only. This is to be remembered. And the state government and the Central government has extended full corporation to honour the guidelines of hon'ble Supreme Court of India," he said.

Ninety percent of the citizens in Kokrajhar district have been mentioned in the NRC final draft list released on Monday. The district had received a total of 2,03,906 application forms through its total 97 NSKs.

Likening the 40 lakh missing applicants on the NRC final draft to mob lynching, Mamata said it is a matter of polarisation. "It is a humanitarian crisis." She also said when she goes to New Delhi, she will attempt to meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh.

Mamata calls the NRC final draft a conspiracy to isolate Bengalis and Biharis. "People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also," she said.

Addressing the media after the Assam NRC final draft was released on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Bengalis living in Assam were being targeted, and said that they are "Indians, not Rohingya".

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will address the media at 1.30 pm on Monday. In the morning, the final draft of the National Registry of Citizens was released in Assam, where nearly 40 lakh applicants were found to be missing from the list.

Following ruckus in Lok Sabha over the NRC final draft released on Monday, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said that the entire exercise is under the supervision of the Supreme Court and that the Centre has no role to play in it. "The list published today is not the final NRC. Now, 2.89 crore applicants have been mentioned in the NRC. After this, claims and objection process will begin from 30 August. It might take a while, but after that disposal will take place. This is Supreme Court-monitored exercise," he said.

Calling the final Assam NRC draft 'inhuman', TMC said that the government intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from the final draft. TMC MP SS Sougata Roy said, "Central government has intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from NRC which will have serious ramifications on the demography of different states adjoining Assam. The prime minister should come to house and clarify it."

Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12:00 noon on Monday after TMC MPs raised a huge uproar over the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) released in Assam today. Speaking to the media outside Parliament House, TMC MP SS Roy said, "Central government has intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from NRC which will have serious ramifications on the demography of different states adjoining Assam. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come to House and clarify."

Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora claimed there were several irregularities with the final NRC draft released on Monday. "40 lakh names ineligible is a very high figure and very surprising. There are lot of irregularities in the report. We will raise this issue with the government and in the Parliament. Political motive of BJP is also behind this."

Moments after the final NRC draft was released on Monday, TMC MP Sougata Roy gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the NRC list, reported ANI.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

In the final draft of NRC released on Monday, 2.48 lakh D-voters are among the 40 lakh people who have not qualified to the final draft. State NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela said the these included the descendants of D-voters, people whose reference is pending in Foreigners' Tribunal and descendants of those who have pending cases in Foreigners' Tribunal.

The final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been released. Out of the  3.29 crore people, 2.89 crore have been found eligible to be included in the final draft list. Allaying fears of many who think they will be sent to detention centres if their names aren't on the list, Joint Secretary of NRC (North East) Satyendra Garg said, "Based on this draft there is no question of any reference to Foreigners Tribunal or any person being taken to the detention centre."

Releasing the final draft, registrar general  Sailesh said that 2,89,677 candidates have been found eligible to be included in the National Register of Citizens. The authorities reiterated that it is "just a draft" that is being released today. "Out of 3.29 crore people, 2.89 crore have been found eligible to be included. This is just a draft, and not the final list. The people who are not included can make claims and objections," registrar general Sailesh said.

Emphasising that genuine Indian citizens will not be be stripped of their citizenship rights, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted: "I reiterate that no genuine Indian citizen will be devoid of their citizenship rights. So no one should panic after publication of the final draft of NRC. I also urge people not to make any communal statements and remain watchful against falling prey to rumours." Similarly, Assam DGP K Saikia also expressed his confidence that no breach of peace and tranquility will take place.

The stage is set for the release of the second and final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Monday amid tight security. The NRC will be released online and in all the NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across the state at 10 am (instead of noon as announced earlier), NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela said in Guwahati on Sunday.

The NRC will feature the names, addresses and photographs of all Indian citizens, who have been residing in the north eastern state before 25 March, 1971, he said.

Security has been beefed up across the state to prevent any law and order situation following the publication of the draft, with deputy commissioners and SPs being directed to maintain a strict vigil, a senior police official said in Guwahati.

Prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in seven districts — Barpeta, Darrang, Dima Hasao, Sonitpur, Karimganj, Golaghat and Dhubri.

Vulnerable areas have been identified by the SPs in their respective districts and the situation is being monitored closely to prevent any untoward incident, particularly those arising due to rumour-mongering, the official said.

The Centre has despatched 220 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces to gear up security in Assam and neighbouring states.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had held a high-level meeting recently on the NRC draft release and directed the officers to remain alert and help and explain the process of claims and objections to people whose names do not appear in the draft.

Sonowal had also directed the officials not to refer any case to the Foreigners' Tribunal based on the NRC draft list.

Hajela thanked the people for extending their help and co-operation along with all the officers and employees involved in updating the NRC for their hard work and dedication.

He too pointed out that there would be enough scope for claims by people whose names do not appear in the draft, adding "genuine citizens should not panic if their names fail to figure in the document".

If a person's name does not appear in the draft, they have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective NSKs. These forms will be available from 7 August to 28 September and the authorities will then inform them the reason for their names being left out.

The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from 30 August to 28 September and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearings.

The All Assam Students' Union (AASU) has taken a special initiative to set up a 24-hour control room at its central office in Guwahati to help people.

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).

The applicants can also check their names by visiting the NRC website and through SMSs.

The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision with 24 March, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in Assam.

The first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released at the midnight of 31 December, 2017. It comprised 1.9 crore names out of the total application of 3.29 crore people in Assam.


Updated Date: Jul 30, 2018 18:31 PM

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