Assam NRC Final Draft List Live Updates: Amid an uproar by opposition parties over the second and final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was released on Monday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that no person excluded from the draft will be declared a foreigner as such powers are vested only with tribunals where one can approach for remedies. “The NRC is a list of the state’s citizens and exclusion of name does not automatically make anyone a foreigner,” an official said.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said he will not allow anyone to disrupt peace and law and order in the state over the issue. “While people have welcomed the draft NRC, certain sections are trying to destabilise and spread lies. People of Assam have always lived with peace and harmony. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace and law and order,” the CM tweeted.
The Congress, on the other hand, said the government must immediately convene an all-party meet and discuss with the opposition the proposed steps to ensure no Indian citizen is left out. “The government must immediately call a meeting of leaders of all parties and should inform about the steps it proposes to take,” senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said, adding that it would be proper if the meeting is called on Tuesday.
The final draft of NRC, which was released amid tight security, incorporated names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out. Asking people whose names were left out not to panic, Registrar General of India Sailesh said the process for making claims and objections would begin on August 30 and continue till September 28. The government has set December 31 as the last date to complete the final process. Read full story here.
Second and final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens released today. Follow LIVE Updates here.
Assam NRC final draft: Happy that SC intervened, says Badruddin Ajmal
Assam MP and AIUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal said, "We are thankful to the Supreme Court for intervening in the matter. The NRC implementing agency was under the Assam govt that had RSS people. They had tried to remove the names of people belonging to minorities. People whose names aren't on the list shouldn't be scared."
Assam NRC final draft: Citizen of India if name on voters' list, says former Assam CM
Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi said, "The National Register of Citizens is our brainchild. Forty lakh people whose name have been excluded should not worry. They will get a chance. The aim of the NRC is to find out the number of foreigners in Assam. As long as our name is in the voters' list, we are citizens of India."
National Register of Citizens is our brainchild. 40 lakh ppl whose name have been excluded should not worry. They will get a chance. NRC is to find out the number of foreigners in Assam. As long as our name is in voters' list, we are citizens of India: Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi pic.twitter.com/PrKKCu7fHr— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft: Govt must move swiftly to solve crisis, says Rahul Gandhi
Reacting to the NRC draft, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said, "The manner in which the exercise was undertaken by the BJP governments, both at the Centre and in Assam, leaves much to be desired. The execution of the exercise has been tardy." Rahul also asked the government move swiftly to resolve the crisis.
#NRCAssam row: @RahulGandhi says the manner in which the exercise has been undertaken by the BJP Governments at the centre and in Assam leaves much to be desired. Says execution of the exercise has been tardy, asks Govt to move swiftly to resolve the crisis. @IndianExpress— Manoj C G (@manojcg4u) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft: Govt sets December 31 as deadline for final process
The government has announced December 31 as the deadline to complete the final process of the NRC draft.
Assam NRC final draft: 'Solve issues as per 1985 Assam Accord'
Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma urged the government to remove shortcomings in the entire process and settle all issues as per the 1985 Assam Accord signed in the presence of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The problems should sorted out in the ambit of the Assam Accord of 1985, the Congress leader said.
Assam NRC final draft: Northeast people believe in PM Modi, this is bothering Congress, says Union minister
Hitting back at the opposition for attacking the Centre over the final NRC draft, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the people of the northeast and the assault on the government reflects deep concerns among the Congress and its allies. Singh, Minister for Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), said the Opposition had wanted voters to be excluded from the list and even created such a perception. "The government has laid down a timeline....please come forward with your claims and cognizance will be taken and the names will be included. The people of the northeast have totally put their might behind Prime Minister Modi and this is deeply bothering the Congress and its allies," Singh told reporters inside Parliament premises.
Assam NRC final draft: Congress demands all-party meeting
While stating that there should be no politics over the issue, senior Congress party spokesperson Anand Sharma said the government must immediately convene an all-party meet and discuss with the opposition the proposed steps to ensure no Indian citizen is left out. "The government must immediately call a meeting of leaders of all parties and should inform about the steps it proposes to take," Sharma said, adding that it would be proper if the meeting is called on Tuesday. "Questions have been asked over the methodology being followed in finalising the NRC. It raises question marks on the credibility of the process," he said.
Assam NRC final draft: Ghosh steps up attack on Bengal CM
Asserting that those supporting illegal immigrants will be thrown out of the country, Ghosh said, "The NRC in Assam is being implemented following the orders of the court (Supreme Court). It was Congress which had proposed the idea of NRC. Now they are speaking against it." Taking a jibe at West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, the state BJP chief said, "Those who are inviting illegal immigrants from the neighbouring country should not talk much about integrity and security of the country."
Assam NRC final draft: If voted to power, will publish NRC in Bengal, says BJP
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said the NRC will be published in Bengal on the lines of the one in Assam if his party is voted to power in the state. Supporting the publication of the NRC complete draft in Assam, he said some politicians are "shedding crocodile tears" as they are wary that their "vote bank" politics will come to an end. "If we (BJP) are voted to power in Bengal then we too will implement NRC in Bengal. We will send back illegal citizens to Bangladesh. Tough days are ahead, we will not tolerate any illegal immigrants in Bengal," Ghosh told reporters.
Assam NRC final draft: Won't allow anyone to disturb peace in state, says CM
"While people have welcomed the draft NRC, certain sections are trying to destabilise and spread lies. People of Assam have always lived with peace and harmony. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace and law and order," the CM tweeted.
While people have welcomed the draft #NRC, certain sections are trying to destabilise and spread lies. People of Assam have always lived with peace and harmony. We will not allow anyone to disturb peace and law & order.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft:CM Sonowal thanks media, people for maintaining peace
Interacted with the media in Guwahati. People and Media have given huge support to the #NRC process that's going on in the State under the supervision of the Hon'ble Supreme Court. I thank them for their role in maintaining peace and tranquillity. pic.twitter.com/xDD8rEkk31— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft:Will always follow SC direction, says CM Sonowal
Speaking to reporters, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, "Assam is a very peaceful state and we are confident that all sections of the society will come forward to maintain peace and tranquillity in the time to come. We will always abide by the direction of the Supreme Court."
Assam NRC final draft: No coercive action against those not named on list, says MHA
The Ministry of Home Affairs said that no coercive action will be taken against those who have not been included in the list. There can be cases of some prominent/famous person not finding his or her name in the draft NRC report as the process is initiated by the applicant and not by the NRC. The personality has to re-apply with supporting documents, the ministry said.
There can be cases of some prominent/ famous person name not finding mention in the draft NRC report because the process is applicant initiated and not by NRC. The personality has to apply with supporting documents: MHA. @IndianExpress— rahul tripathi (@rahultripathi) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft: State Congress lends a helping hand
While appealing all those, whose name did not appear on the list, to remain calm and maintain peace, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora said, "In the post NRC draft publication scenario, we appeal all to maintain peace and tranquillity. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has opened help centres in all GP level to help and guide the genuine Indian citizen whose names are dropped from the final draft to file claims and objection forms."
In the post #NRC draft publication scenario we appeal all to maintain peace & tranquillity. Assam PCC has opened help centres in all GP level to help & guide the genuine Indian citizen whose names are dropped from the final draft to file claims & objection forms.@RahulGandhi— Ripun Bora (@ripunbora) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft: Banerjee, TMC MPs to visit Assam
A delegation of TMC MPs will visit Assam along with party supremo Mamata Banerjee. "A delegation of TMC MPs will visit Assam along with party head Mamata Banerjee," Derek O' Brien said.
Assam NRC final draft: CM Banerjee was not consulted, says Derek O' Brien
Continuing his attack on the government, TMC MP Derek O' Brien said, "This government is not keen on running Parliament till August 10. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee was not consulted while preparing the NRC final draft. We have sought an appointment with Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard."
Assam NRC final draft: Upper House adjourned for today
The Upper House has been adjourned for the day in the wake of the uproar over the NRC final draft. Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress plans to circulate "Five things you need to know" on the NRC draft among all the opposition MPs.
Assam NRC final draft: Process for making claims and objections will begin on August 30
Declining comment on non-inclusion of around 40.07 lakh applicants, NRC state Coordinator Prateek Hajela said the exercise was carried out as per the instructions of the Supreme Court. Hajela also said people would be able to reapply for inclusion at the sewa kendras. "The process for 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. No genuine Indian citizen should have any fear," he said.
Assam NRC final draft: People being made refugees in their own country, says Mamata Banerjee
Calling it a "game plan", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said people were being made refugees in their own country. "People are being isolated through a game plan. We are worried because people are being made refugees in their own country. Its a plan to throw out Bengali speaking people and Biharis. Consequences will be felt in our state also," the TMC supremo said at a press conference. Banerjee also asked if the Centre had a rehabilitation plan for the 40 lakh people whose names were not included in the NRC final draft. "Where will the 40 lakh people whose names have been deleted go? Does Centre have any rehabilitation program for them? Ultimately it is Bengal which will suffer. Its just vote politics by BJP. Request Home Minister to bring an amendment," she said.
Assam NRC final draft: Bengalis living in Assam being targeted, says Mamata Banerjee
Addressing the media after the Assam NRC final draft was released on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that Bengalis living in Assam were being targetted and asked if the government was trying to do forceful eviction. 'There were people who have Aaadhar cards and passports but still their names are not in the draft list. Names of people were removed on the basis of surnames also. Is the government trying to do forceful eviction,' she asked.
Assam NRC final draft: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the second time
Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the second time till 2 pm today as Opposition parties led by TMC created an uproar over publication of Assam's National Register of Citizens. When the Upper House resumed after the first adjournment at noon, members from Opposition parties, especially Congress, TMC and Samajwadi Party were up on their feet to raise the issue again. However, chairman Venkaiah Naidu did not allow them and adjourned proceedings for the second time till 2 pm.
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Assam NRC final draft: What is the Assam Accord? When was it signed?
A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) in 1979. It culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord on August 15, 1985, in the presence of then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The accord brought an end to the Assam agitation and paved the way for the leaders of the agitation to form a political party and form a government in the state of Assam soon after.
Among the key demands were:
* All those foreigners who had entered Assam between 1951 and 1961 were to be given full citizenship, including the right to vote.
* Those who had done so after 1971 were to be deported; the entrants between 1961 and 1971 were to be denied voting rights for ten years but would enjoy all other rights of citizenship.
Assam NRC final draft: Opposition voice being muzzled, says TMC MP Derek O' Brien
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says it is baseless to say the government is being ‘brutal’ in its approach to NRC. Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, TMC MP Derek O' Brien says the government is running away from discussion and alleged that the voice of the opposition is being muzzled. "Government running away from discussion in RajyaSabha They are being cussed and want disruption. Opposition voice being muzzled. NRC is inhuman. Hurting Indian citizens," he said.
Assam NRC final draft:Don't politicise such sensitive issues, says Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha
Speaking on the issue in the Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says the government has done no wrong and the NRC process was done under the supervision of the Supreme Court. "I want to ask the Opposition, what is the Centre's role in this? It is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court. Such sensitive issues should not be politicised," Singh said.
Assam NRC final draft: TMC calls list 'inhuman', demands statement from PM Modi
Calling the final NRC draft "inhuman", TMC demands a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay has raised the NRC issue during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha.
#BREAKING Trinamool give Notice and raise the issue of inhuman #NRCAssam in #RajyaSabha. Other Opposition parties join. Immediately set right this inhuman decision. And statement from PM. In #LokSabha also Trinamool give adjournment motion. RS adjourned till noon— AITC (@AITCofficial) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC final draft: Centre intentionally eliminated 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities, says TMC MP
TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy charged that the Central government had intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from the NRC. "Central government has intentionally eliminated more than 40 lakh religious and linguistic minorities from NRC (National Register of Citizens) that will have serious ramifications on the demography of different states adjoining Assam. PM Narendra Modi should come to the House and clarify the issue," ANI quoted Roy as saying.
Villagers wait outside the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at Mayong Village in Morigaon district. (PTI)
Assam NRC final draft list: CM Sonowal calls NRC 'instrument to safeguard interest of greater Assamese society'
Calling NRC the 'instrument to safeguard the interest of greater Assamese society', Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the list would pave the way for realising the hopes and aspirations of the genuine Indian citizens. Sonowal also urged people not to panic if their names did not appear in NRC draft as genuine Indian citizens would get 'full opportunity' to make claims and objections. 'NRC is a national programme. It is the duty and obligation of every Indian citizen to maintain peace in the wake of its publication. I appeal to all sections of the society to desist from making any inflammatory or communal remarks,' PTI quoted Sonowal as saying.
Assam NRC final draft list: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal calls it a 'historic day'
Assam NRC final draft list: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated the people of the state after the successful publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). "The historic day will remain etched in their memories forever," PTI quoted Sonowal as saying. The CM also thanked the officials who were involved in updating the NRC. "For this remarkable feat, I extend my heartiest congratulations to the 55,000 officials engaged in NRC updation process and the people living across the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, plains and hills of the state," he said.
Assam NRC final draft list: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar over final draft
The NRC final draft, which was released today, has already created abuzz in the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House has been adjourned till noon after uproar by TMC MPs over the National Register of Citizens. TMC MP Sougata Roy has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the Assam's National Register of Citizens final draft.
Assam NRC final list: Why brothers Hafiz Uddin and Moin Uddin won't find a mention in the draft
Brothers Hafiz Uddin and Moin Uddin, both daily-wage labourers in their 40s and residents of Dakshin Kalikajari village in Assam’s Morigaon district, will be among the lakhs of people not likely to find a mention in the draft of the updated National Register of Citizens to be released on Monday in the state. Read the full report to know why.
Kiren Rijiju on Assam NRC
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said the NRC issue is sensitive and appealed others to not spread misinformation. Responding to the Congress' claim that the NRC issue was raised with political motivations, Rijiju said: "Why are such claims being attested to an exercise ordered by the Supreme Court. The SC is monitoring the entire process. Government is only doing its job."
Assam NRC final list: Lot of irregularities in the report, says Congress Assam chief
Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora says there are a lot of irregularities with the final NRC draft released on Monday, expressing surprise at 40 lakh names being left out. "Forty lakh names ineligible is a very high figure and very surprising. There are lot of irregularities in the report. We will raise this issue with the government and in the Parliament. Political motive of BJP is also behind this," ANI quoted Bora as saying. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh says no coercive action will be taken against anyone. "Even someone whose name is not in the final list can approach the foreigners tribunal. No coercive action will be taken against anyone, hence there is no need for anyone to panic," ANI quoted Rajnath as saying.
NRC Assam website down
The nrcassam.nic.in is down. However, there other means to check the names. 1) by going to a NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) 2) Through SMS: To type ARN space ARN number and send it to 9765556555.
Assam NRC final list: Report impartial, don't try to create atmosphere of fear, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the report was impartial and people were unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. "Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. This is a completely impartial report. No misinformation should be spread.This is a draft and not the final list," ANI quoted Singh as saying. Leading up to the publication of the final NRC draft, Singh had tried to allay the fears of those who might not be mentioned in the list. “All individuals will have sufficient opportunity for all remedies available under the law. At every stage of the process, adequate opportunity is given to all persons to be heard,” the home minister had said.
Assam NRC final list: The following categories will not find a mention in the draft as of now
Of the 3.29 crore people who applied for the NRC, the following categories will not find a mention in the draft as of now: people declared as ‘foreigners’ by Foreigners’ Tribunals, as well as their siblings and family members who have been referred to the tribunals by the Border Police; those whose cases are pending at Foreigners’ Tribunals; and the D voters. ‘D’ or ‘doubtful’ voters is a category introduced in the electoral rolls of Assam in 1997 to mark people unable to prove their citizenship during a verification process.
What is the NRC and how did it come about?
With the publication of the updated draft — which features names, addresses and photographs of all Indian citizens — Assam, for the first time, has got an estimate of the number of illegal migrants in the state. Unlike the citizenship law in the rest of the country, the Assam Accord of 1985 provides that anyone who entered the state till midnight of March 24, 1971, would be treated as an Indian citizen. The NRC, first prepared in 1951, was updated by the Registrar General of India under the Supreme Court’s supervision in an exercise that has spanned three years. The issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh has been a sensitive one, being at the centre of the state’s political discourse for decades.
Assam NRC Final List: Controversial run-up to final draft
The NRC final draft was released amid allegations of bias against minorities in the process. On July 12, a petition launched on the online campaign platform Avaaz had alleged that “7 million Muslims in Assam” would be excluded from the NRC and that they would be “left to rot in prison camps”. Following the allegation, state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had said, "There is no question of religion coming into play in deciding the citizenship of an applicant.”
Assam NRC Final List: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi asks media channels to be sensitive
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi has asked media channels to exercise caution and be sensitive in their coverage about the final NRC draft in Assam released on Monday. "My humble appeal to all media channels today is be sensitive regarding the draft list of NRC in Assam. People have responded positively and been very cooperative. The previous Congress Govt initiated a historic exercise. My thanks to all Govt employees who have worked so hard," Gogoi tweeted.
My humble appeal to all media channels today is be sensitive regarding the draft list of NRC in Assam. People have responded positively and been very cooperative. The previous Congress Govt initiated a historic exercise. My thanks to all Govt employees who have worked so hard.— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) July 30, 2018
Assam NRC Final List: TMC gives adjournment motion over list
Meanwhile, back in Delhi, TMC MP Sougata Roy has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the Assam's National Register of Citizens final draft that was released today. The first draft was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, with the names of 1.9 crore of the 3.29 crore applicants being incorporated.