Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

1.9 cr names in Assam's 1st draft NRC

1.9 cr names in Assam's 1st draft NRC

At that meeting, it was decided that the Assam government will take up and complete within two years the process of updating the NRC of 1951 by including the names that appear in the 1971 voters' lists and those of their descendants.

"My entire family's name is missing from the first draft". But when asked for his reaction on publication of the first draft, he said that he was more or less satisfied.

In Lok Sabha, Sushmita Dev raised the issue during Zero Hour and said the draft NRC list has created some panic for the simple reason that the authority had told the Supreme Court that they would release a list of 2.38 crore citizens and they have nearly finished verifying that.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal sought on Sunday to reassure anyone left off the draft list, saying every "bona fide Indian citizen" would eventually be included. The NRC authorities had received applications from a total of 3.29 crore people who had submitted 6 crore documents.

On Monday, however, a man in Silchar, about 500 km (310.6 miles) from the state capital Guwahati, allegedly committed suicide because of the NRC publication.

The Supreme Court set aside the High Court order and upheld the validity of the certificates as identity proof if they were followed up with proper verification.

The TMC is trying to make an issue out of a non-issue, just like they had done in the case of demonetisation and the GST, Ghosh said. So, my only request to the government is that no genuine citizen should be left out of that register, ” she said. “I fail to understand why the State government did not expedite the NRC update process. He directed the DGP to keep strict vigil along the border outposts to check entrance of illegal immigrants. The register has been in to separate genuine Indian citizens from the illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

"Only those declared by Foreigners' Tribunals as foreigners are kept in the detention centres", he said. Such an option, however, might not go down well with the people of Assam who are at present protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill of 2016, which proposes to grant citizenship to all refugees (except Muslims) who have fled religious persecution in their home countries. However, the absence of any clear policy as to how to deal with the proclaimed illegal migrants has created a sense of unease in the minds of many presently residing in Assam.

The current exercise, started in 2005 under the then Congress regime, got a major push only after the BJP came to power in the state with illegal immigration from Bangladesh as a poll plank.

Since the last several weeks, Assam was on tenterhooks before the release of an initial part draft of the contentious NRC on Sunday midnight. Even the Speaker of the House's name is missing from the NRC.

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