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Friday, August 12, 2022

Assam NRC

The National Register of Citizens (NRC), prepared in 1951, contains the names of all Indian citizens. To stop the illegal migration in border states, the updation process of NRC was started in 2013 on the direction of Supreme Courtand was completed in July 30, 2018. Any person, whose name does not appear on the 1951 NRC list, will be declared an illegal migrant and faces deportation or jail. The NRC exercise has become highly controversial, especially in Assam, where the base year of identifying citizenship is 1971, under the Assam Accord. People whose names appear on any voter list in Assam up to March 24 midnight, 1971 are eligible for NRC. The exercise has come under scrutiny as many people, whose forefathers and relatives were mentioned in the original list, fail to find their name in the updated draft. With the final draft set to be published on August 31, people in Assam are running against time to prove their nationality.


Assam NRC head HD Sarma: Hajela baiter, no stranger to controversy

May 23, 2022 1:52 am

In his complaint lodged with the police last Thursday, state NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma seemed to have gone a step further, alleging that Hajela had deliberately introduced errors in the NRC and thus “endangered national security”.

NRC coordinator files complaint: Hajela put national security at risk

May 21, 2022 8:26 am

HD Sarma alleged that the former Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela “facilitated entry of names of ineligible persons into the NRC” by intentionally avoiding “mandatory quality checks”.

Give doubtful voters, whose names are in NRC, voting rights: Assam Cong MP in new private member's Bill

December 04, 2021 5:54 am

🔴 Abdul Khaleque, who represents Barpeta constituency in lower Assam, introduced the 'Doubtful Voters in the State of Assam (Special Provisions) Bill, 2020' in the ongoing Winter Session of the 17th Lok Sabha.

Assam eviction violence: 33-yr-old’s family in dark on video that went viral; 12-yr-old dies on way to get Aadhaar

September 25, 2021 12:59 am

Moinul’s family, huddled under a makeshift shelter put together with two aluminium sheets, a few kilometres away, says they haven’t seen the video, nor have they seen his body so far.

Assam eviction drive: Protester stomped on as police watch, DGP says will act if any violation

September 24, 2021 7:54 am

Asked what action would be taken against the policemen in the video, Assam Special DGP G P Singh said: “Wherever there were violations of SOPs and protocols, police will take action.”

Judiciary must re-examine how it has viewed citizenship question in Assam

September 24, 2021 8:36 am

Aman Wadud writes: Citizenship is an important right; in fact, the most important right because it is the right to have other rights. But that’s not how the pillars of Indian democracy have treated citizenship.

August 2019 NRC is final, observes Assam Foreigners' Tribunal

September 21, 2021 10:49 am

While hearing a Doubtful Voter (D-Voter) case against Bikram Singha in Karimganj district on September 10, FT member Sishir Dey said, “...there is no doubt that this NRC Assam published in 2019 is nothing but Final NRC.”

Gauhati HC sets aside Foreigners’ Tribunals order: Citizenship important right

September 14, 2021 2:58 am

The judges, however, did not overturn the order but sent the matter back to the FT, observing that there were “factual aspects which must be ordinarily considered by the Foreigners' Tribunal and not by this Court”.

Two years of Assam NRC: Lakhs make it to list, but struggle for Aadhaar

August 30, 2021 5:21 pm

State government officials reckon it is a “unique problem” and attribute it to red tape and a lack of clarity on the NRC exercise itself.

Assam CM calls for secularism in context of Indian civilization, accuses media of bias

July 21, 2021 6:44 pm

Referring to the Citizenship Amendment Act, Sarma said that there are two perspectives on this- for protestors outside Assam, the demand is why Hindus alone should be given citizenship, Muslim migrants too should be covered.


Assam NRC final list out: Assam NRC website crashes, people queue up at Seva Kendras

August 31, 2019 12:46 pm

Assam’s final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published Saturday. Of the 3.3 crore applicants, over 19 lakh were excluded from the final list.