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Assam recognises 1.9 crore legal citizens in first NRC draft

Assam recognises 1.9 crore legal citizens in first NRC draft

He assured that no genuine Indian citizens would be excluded from the NRC and if any name is left out from the part draft of the NRC, there is provision to submit claims and objections against the same.

The Supreme Court had directed publication of the draft NRC for Assam on or before December 31, 2017.

"No one should have any notion that anyone or any particular community could be discriminated against". "The government will extend all support", Sonowal said.

"There is no need for panic".

To be recognised as Indian citizens, they must be able to produce documents proving that they or their family lived in the country before March 24, 1971.

The copies of the first draft of NRC will be on display at all the 25,000-odd NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across the state from 8 am today.

The Counter Insurgency (CI) grid, involving the Army, police, paramilitary and intelligence agencies, has been regularly reviewing the situation and directing all possible action to ensure peace. In Karbi Anglong, the District Registrar of Citizen Registration will be publishing the part publication of the draft. The Supreme Court had also ordered that the first draft of the NRC be published by December 31, after completing the scrutiny of over two crore claims, along with those submitted by almost 38 lakh people, whose documents were suspect. The NRC was published through the state government under the guidance of the RGI.

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Guwahati: A part of a draft NRC containing 1.9 crore names - of a total of 3.29 crore applicants - was published past midnight on Sunday, in keeping with a Supreme Court order passed in November.

The SC set aside the HC order and upheld the validity of the certificates as identity proof, if they were followed up with proper verification.

The Supreme Court had recently ordered that this would only be a partial roll of citizens and "the remaining portion" of the draft NRC should be released at a "later date", which will also be fixed by the court, to include names of those who might be declared non-citizens erroneously and found eligible later.

AASU adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjya said publication of the draft NRC was a "historic" step, a step towards resolution of the illegal migrants problem in the state.

The 49-year-old had hit the headlines two months ago when he was summoned by a foreigners' tribunal asking him to prove he is an Indian and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant.

Leader of the Opposition in Assam and CLP leader Debabrata Saikia said the NRC update was the result of the tripartite talks between the Centre, the Assam government and the AASU held in Delhi in 2005 under the chairmanship of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


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