National Register of Citizens (NRC)


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What is NRC and Why NRC is required?

National Register of Citizens (NRC) is goverment driven process to identify illegal immigrants to deport them. Whole execution is driven by Supreme Court.

The NRC in Assam is one of the most visioned porcess in India as several lakh people will be stateless. The final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam released today with 19,06,677 people excluded from the final list, which names 3,11,21,004 people as Indian citizens.

After revoking 370 & 35A from Kashmir, Amit Shah and his team of 16 working on implementing NRC in Kashmir.

Also Home Ministry is working to expand the scope of NRC across India to deport illegal people from the country.

How NRC was initiated?

The NRC was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India and is now being updated in Assam to include the names of those persons or their descendants that appear in the NRC, 1951, or in electoral rolls up to midnight of 24th March, 1971. This also includes any admissible documents issued, which would prove or link their Assamese or Indian origin.

How NRC is being implemented?

The updating of NRC was initiated in year 2013 on the orders of Supreme Court of India. Bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been monitoring the process very closely. Prateek Hajela State Coordinator of National Registration, Assam is leading the project under the strict monitoring of the apex court.

What is the criteria of eligibility for inclusion in NRC?

  • Persons whose names appear in NRC, 1951.

  • Persons whose names appear in any of the Electoral Rolls up to 24th March (midnight), 1971.

  • Persons from the family of above.

  • Persons who registered themselves with the Foreigners Registration Regional Officer (FRRO) before March 25, 1971.

  • Original inhabitants of Assam and their children and having a family tree. Provided their citizenship is ascertained.

  • Foreigners' tribunal to distinguish between original inhabitant and illegal immigrants. Voters can apply for inclusion of their names in the updated NRC.

  • Persons with documents admissible for citizenship issued before March 25 1971.

  • All members of the Tea Tribes shall be covered under 'Original inhabitants of Assam' category provided for under Clause 3(3) of the Schedule of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

All such original inhabitants shall be included on the basis of proof to the satisfaction of the Registering Authority.

Where to get help for NRC?

NRC Seva Kendras (NSK) are the help desks, established in all districts in the state of Assam, to assist the public to enroll themselves in the NRC update process Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Each NSK covers an approx of 2,500 households and plays a role of an epicentre for all NRC activities like helping public to search the Legacy Data, distribution of Application Form, receipt of Application Form, carrying out all the data entry work, displaying of Draft NRC etc.

Each NSK is equipped with sophisticated software for Legacy Data Search in three languages, namely English, Assamese and Bengali.

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