Assam releases first draft of citizens' register with 1.9 cr names

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The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on Sunday carrying the names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore total applicants in Assam recognising them as legal citizens of India.

NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela said the documents of the applicants were being examined carefully.

“While we welcome publication of the first draft, it is only the first draft and covers only 1.9 crore citizens.

Sources added that names of MLAs Sukur Ali Ahmed and Sherman Ali have also failed to make it to the list as their documents are yet to be verified.

Asked about a tentative date for release of the final draft, Sonowal said, "The Assam Government is conducting the NRC updation process with the State Government machinery, the district Deputy Commissioners' offices mobilised for it on the orders of the Supreme Court. So there is a possibility that some names within a single family may not be there in the first draft", said Hajela. "The complete draft will be published after verification of all documents of those who had applied for inclusion". The party claimed that names of two of its sitting legislators – Wazed Ali Choudhury and Nurul Huda – are not on the first draft even though the duo had reportedly submitted supporting documents from the 1951 NRC, and expressed resentment on the issue. Mr Sailesh said, the entire process will be completed within 2018.

A part of the draft NRC, which is being updated in Assam, was made available online from midnight and from 8am at NRC seva kendras.

Mr Surjewala said the initiative to prepare the Citizen Register was taken forward after a tripartite consensus in 2005, between the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, then Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, and the representatives of All Assam Students Union (AASU).

The state government of Assam began to update the National Register of Citizens in 2015 to create a definitive list of citizens of the state and root out illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. Printed copies of the draft can be checked at NRC seva kendras today between 8am to 4pm and 10am to 4pm on all working days till 31 January.

Send an SMS from your pre-registered mobile number to 97555655/ 9108464438/ 9108464450 in the format 'ARN space ARN (number)' to get information on the inclusion of your name in the NRC draft.

One can also call the 24X7 toll-free helpline number 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam the check if a name has been included in the first draft.

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