NRC final draft out in Assam, 40 lakh residents left out, state says don’t panic

The final draft of the National Register of Citizens was published today in Assam, identifying 2,89,83,677 people as valid citizens of India. A total 3,29,91,384 people had applied to become part of the NRC, officials said today. More than 40 lakh people were found to be invalid citizens of India.

The citizens’ register is being compiled under the orders of the Supreme Court in order to identify illegal foreigners residing in Assam.

While publishing the draft NRC, officials reiterated that the register was in a draft state and that people left out of the register would still be able to appeal and present objections.

“Based on this draft there is no question of… any person being taken to the detention centre,” Satyendra Garg, joint secretary (Northeast) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, said while releasing the draft NRC.

The NRC features the names, addresses and photographs of all Indian citizens, who have been residing in the northeastern state before March 25, 1971. The register can be accessed at: www.nrcassam.nic.in.

Earlier, security was beefed up across the state to maintain law and order situation following the publication of the draft, with deputy commissioners and SPs being directed to maintain a strict vigil, a senior police official said in Guwahati.

A prohibitory order under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in 14 districts including Barpeta, Darrang, Dima Hasao, Sonitpur, Karimganj, Golaghat and Dhubri.

Vulnerable areas have been identified by the SPs in their respective districts and the situation is being monitored closely to prevent any untoward incident, particularly those arising due to rumour-mongering, the official said.

The Centre has dispatched 220 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces to gear up security in Assam and neighbouring states.

The Union Home Ministry has already sent over 22,000 central paramilitary troops to beef up security in Assam and adjoining states to ensure peace and maintain law and order. Security has been beefed up in all 2,500 NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs).

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 26 night had reviewed law and order situation and held a crucial meeting with all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) of all districts in Guwahati.

Sonowal reviewed the law and order situation as well as measures that are being taken to tackle any untoward situation with the DCs and SPs. He has ordered the DCs and SPs to stay put in their concerned districts and to take adequate measures to tackle any eventuality.

The NRC update process is continuing in Assam under the Supreme Court that’s monitoring identification of illegal foreigners residing in the state.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in 14 districts. (Photo: Hemanta Kumar Nath)

The NRC is being updated under the Supreme Court supervision with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens in Assam.

Large scale illegal migration from Bangladesh into Assam has changed the demographic complexion of the state.

Unabated influx from Bangladesh is also a threat to the identity of the indigenous people of Assam and the national security and has adversely affected the social, economic and political environment in Assam.

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Illegal migration from the East Pakistan/Bangladesh has been going on for the past couple of decades.

The NRC update process is going on in Assam to detect illegal foreigners residing in Assam but it is also a political compulsion for the BJP government in the state that had stormed to power on the promise of doing away with illegal immigrants, and now has to take all steps to ensure they keep their election promises in the best possible way and maintain peace, too.

(with inputs from Manogya Loiwal, Hemanta Kumar Nath and PTI)

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Updated: July 30, 2018 — 8:41 am