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Assam's first draft of NRC identifies 1.9 crore as Indian citizens

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CRPF personnel stand guard ahead of the publication of the first draft of the National Register of Citizens in Assam on 28 December 2017

The first draft of the much expected National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was published last night which include name of 1.9 crore applicants. People in Assam can call at 15107 to know the inclusion of their names in the NRC draft while those who are outside the state, can dial 18003453762. “Yet the first draft has names of only 1.9 crore citizens. The rest of the names are under various stages of verification. "If any problems arise, we will address the issue with New Delhi", Obaidul said during a press conference in the secretariat marking new year's eve.

Assam has been driven into a conflict between the permanent residence and those who have migrated from Bangladesh.

The Office of the State Coordinator of National Register of Citizens, Assam, has provided five alternatives to check for the names included in the draft. The draft is available in various websites such as nrcassam.nic.in, and Assam.gov.in citizen can also check their names at nearby NRC Seva Kendra.

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.

The state coordinator for NRC, Prateek Hajela, asserted that "genuine" Indian citizens need not panic if their names have not appeared in the first draft as verification process is yet to be completed.

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"The process to verify the names is tedious. So there is a possibility that some names within a single family may not be there in the first draft", said Hajela. Not only should the remaining part of the exercise be fast-tracked but they (officials) also need to be extra vigilant, ” he said. If your name is included in the NRC draft, you will receive an SMS automatically. Mr Sailesh said, the entire process will be completed within 2018. "The exercise, that so begun in right earnestness, has been monitored by the Supreme Court of India since December, 2013 and the first draft has consequently been published on 31 December, 2017".

Saikia added that many attempts have been made in past to have the NRC update process delayed and said people of the State will not allow such things to take place in future.

At least 68.27 lakh families comprising 3.29 crore applicants had submitted 6.5 crore documents in support of their citizenship claims.

Under the Assam Accord, the government needed to identify and deport illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and provide constitutional safeguards to indigenous communities of the state.

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