"The National Register of Citizens (NRC) was initiated by the UPA under Manmohan Singh Ji to fulfil the commitment made in the Assam Accord of 1985".
People wait to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018.
Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951, with March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date, to include names of genuine Indian citizens. Clearly, after spending close to Rs 1,200 crore, the execution of this critical and highly sensitive exercise has been tardy. "The government must move swiftly to resolve this crisis", he wrote in a Facebook post.
Several north-eastern states which share borders with Assam have also kept their police forces on alert to thwart possible infiltration of illegal immigrants. "The government must immediately call a meeting of leaders of all parties and should inform about the steps it proposes to take", he said, adding that it would be proper if the meeting is called on Tuesday.
The home minister also said that there is "no question of any coercive action against anyone", while stressing the NRC process is "being carried out with complete fairness and transparency". We are anxious because people are being made refugees in their own country. - West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Is the Government trying to do forceful eviction? "Request Home Minister to bring an amendment", she remarked. The biggest challenge for India would be to deal with these people who will become stateless if their names do not make it to the final list.
A first draft published last December included only 19 million people as legal citizens.
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The final draft is available for perusal at all the NRC sewa kendras (NSKs) in the state. The NRC is a list of people who can not prove that they came to the state before March 24 1971, when Bangladesh was created.
The All Assam Students Union (AASU) has also set up a 24-hour control room at its central office to help people.
India was braced for unrest in its north eastern Assam state on Monday after the authorities declared some four million residents to be foreigners, effectively stripping them of their citizenship and raising fears of deportation.
"Everything is being done as per the Supreme Court order". He said out of the 3,29,91,384 applicants, the names of 2,89,83,677 people had figured in the draft.
They will get an opportunity to file claims and objections.
Sonowal had also directed the officials not to refer any case to the Foreigners' Tribunal based on the NRC draft list. Asking where these 40 lakh people will go, Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TMC asked the Centre to ensure that justice should not be denied to the people who have been living in Assam for decades now.