This subject of NRC is counted as the most controversial content of this decade. NRC, whose full form is the National register of citizens, has come into controversy after the passing of CAA that is the citizen amendment act.
What is NRC?
Defining NRC is simple; it is just a record or data of those who are legal Indian citizens kept by the government of India. It falls under the Citizenship Act, 1955. The register was prepared in 1951, and till now there is no update done.
To date, the register was maintained for only the state of Assam. But as Amit Shah stated on 20th November 2019 in the parliament that the NRC will be extended all over the country, including all the states.
How to prove citizenship?
You should have your necessary documents proving your citizenship. In Assam, the applicant’s name or his ancestor’s name should be included in the register as prepared in 1951. Or one can also refer the electoral rolls but only up to 24th March 1971. One can also show relevant documents to prove their citizenship, such as:
- Refugee registration certificate
- Birth certificate
- Citizenship certificate
- Government-issued license or certificate
- Bank/post office accounts
- Permanent residential certificate
- Government employment certificate
- Educational certificate
- Court records.
NRC list in Assam
NRC was included in Assam mainly to recognize Indians in Assam and omit out the migrating people from East Pakistan or Bangladesh. The NRC in Assam was first developed in 1951, and then later in 2014, the SC ordered the update in NRC. This order was passedunder theCitizenship Act, 1955 and Citizenship Rules, 2003. The official on the paperwork was started in 2015, and the reports were updated on 31st August, with over 1.9 million applicants failing to make it to the list.
For the people who don’t know about the NRC Updating can read the following steps:
- Legacy Data Publication Phase
- Application Form Distribution & Receipt Phase
- Verification Phase
- Publication of NRC Part Draft
- Completion of NRC Draft Publication and Receipt of Claims and Objections Phase
- Final NRC Publication.
But what happens to the people who are excluded?
They aren’t declared foreigners even if they are given a chance to file their case before foreigners’ tribunals. Even the Assam Governmenthas said that it would not detain any person from the state until which he or she is declared as foreigners. If one loses in the foreigners’ tribunals, then they are also given a chance to appeal in state court or Supreme Court.
How can the government help if one is not able to find his or her data?
The government of Assam has set up NRC Seva Kendra in all the districts. These will assist people and help them. For more information, you can also visit the Official website of NRC, Assam by clicking on the following link. http://www.nrcassam.nic.in/ .
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