It was agreed that the National Register of Citizens 1951 would be updated in Assam to detect the foreigners and put an end to the concerns by indigenous people that their identity would be threatened by the illegal migrants from Bangladesh. 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. "It is good that my name doesn't figure in the first list, it will give confidence to all others whose name has not been included in the NRC as yet", he added.
Authorities have assured that there's no reason to panic if one's name is missing from the first draft.
The part draft of the NRC was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 where names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. For its part, the Supreme Court constituted a Committee "to take care of any clarification that would be required with regard to the modalities in the preparation of the NRC".
Its first draft was published on December 31 midnight. So far, only 1.5 lakh of the 5.5 lakh documents sent out for verification have been reportedly returned by other state governments.
A pilot project to update the NRC was started by the Congress government in 2010 but the exercise had to be stalled following violent protests by All Assam Minorities Students' Union.More news: Transgender Big Brother star: 'I'm not dead'
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"These are genuine cases which are left out and I hope they will correct the same soon", he said.
Thus from the administration, security agencies to the common man, everyone knows that the publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC), which will finally establish whether a person is a bonafide citizen of India or not, might disturb the fragile peace in the northeastern state. Bangladesh has consistently denied that its citizens have illegally emigrated to India. The north-eastern border state has been plagued by illegal immigration for decades.
A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the AASU in 1979.
Dibrugarh probably has the highest number of names enlisted, with district administration sources saying close to 80% of the names have figured in the list, it is the lower Assam districts like Hojai (33%), Barpeta (38%) and Nagaon (44.16%), where most residents are yet to get the "legal citizen" tag.
The BJP won elections in the state in 2016 after promising to root out illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights of indigenous groups. However, three MPs from Assam's main opposition party AIUDF, including Dubri's Badruddin Ajmal and Karimganj's Radhey Shyam could not make it to the first draft of the NRC, a News 18 report stated.