What is NRC?
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India. The NRC is now being updated in Assam to include the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC, 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24 1971 or in any one of the other relevant documents issued up to midnight of March 24 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam or in any part of India on or before March 24 1971.
Now, presently, The final Assam citizens’ list will be published online at 10 am on Saturday, over a year after the first list that identifies whether a person is an Indian or a foreigner was released. The names of over 41 lakh people don’t appear in the Assam NRC. The announcement of the final NRC list is expected to be the most notable development in BJP’s second term, after the center’s move to discard special status from Jammu and Kashmir and divide it into two union territories.
“The list would be available online by 10 am, and those who do not have internet connections can go to Seva Kendras set up by the state government to check their status,” statement of a senior officer in the Home Ministry.
Previously, the government has said people whose names don’t appear in the final NRC cannot be listed foreigners till all legal options are debilitated. Every person left out of the NRC can plead to the Foreigners Tribunal, and the time limit to file the appeal has been extended from 60 to 120 days.
The center has said it will give legal aid to those who have been left out of the NRC through the district legal services authorities. The ruling BJP in Assam and its rival Congress plan to help some genuine people whose names are missing in the NRC, and several non-profits have come forward to volunteer with legal help.
BJP’s firebrand Bengali Hindu MLA Siladitya Dev minced no words.
“The NRC coordinators are reluctant towards Hindu migrant who came before 1971. They are keen towards Muslims who came later. So the NRC has become a documentation process and whoever can manage will get a place,” Mr. Dev said.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC), first published in Assam in 1951, is being updated as per directions of the Supreme Court to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971.