National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Sailesh released the final draft on Sunday according to which more than 40-41 lakhs people were denied from being as the Indian citizens. However, it was advised to not to get panic as “this is just a draft and no genuine Indian citizen have fear”.
NRC coordinator after releasing the final draft of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore people said that “this is not the final list. The people who are not included can make claims and objections”.
He further added, “The process of making claims and objections will begin on August 30 and continue till September 28. Adequate and ample scope will be given to people for making objections”.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is released by only Assam and the reason behind the issue is the illegal immigrants from the neighbouring countries like Bangladesh who are voting illegally and changing the demographic state of Assam.
To make themselves count as an Indian, Assamese have to produce the documents that proved their families resided in Assam before March 24, 1971 as the date marked the beginning of Bangladesh liberation war and as the war ended on December, same year Bangladesh was born as an independent nation.
The first NRC was prepared in 1951 and the registered citizens at that time was 80 lakh while it was updated in 2005 with tripartite agreement between state government, Central government and All Assam Students Union (AASU).
The updation process of NRC started smoothly but after violence broke out across different parts of Assam after the mismatch among the several groups, Supreme Court gets involved and it becomes a three-year process of updation.
The last NRC was published in December last year when 1.9 crore people out of 3.29 crore were stated as the Indian citizens. However, this time, among 3.29 crore people who applied, 2.89 crore were listed as the Indian citizens and 41 lakh aren’t.
After the announcement of NRC, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, “no one will be treated as a foreigner if his or her name does not appear in the NRC draft and they have ample opportunity to prove their eligibility through claims and objections”.
Amid of the fear of the increased violence, over 22,000 parliamentary troops have been deployed in Assam and the adjoining states. Leaves of all government employees have been cancelled and social media platform like Facebook is flooded with the ‘anti-NRC’ campaigns.