The Supreme court has questioned the plea made
jointly by the Centre and Assam to extend the deadline for publication of the
final National Register of Citizens (NRC) from July 31 in order to conduct a
sample reverification process.
The Centre and Assam government had sought a 20
% sample re-verification of names included in the final draft of the NRC in the
districts bordering Bangladesh and a 10% sample re-verification in the
The rationale behind the sample reverification
is to identify illegal immigrants who may have been included in NRC list,
especially in the districts bordering Bangladesh.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a
register which contains the name of all citizens of India residing in Assam. It
was first prepared in 1951.
Currently, the NRC is being updated in Assam to
address the issue of illegal migrants. It seeks to identify illegal migrants in
Assam who had entered the state on or after 25th March 1971.
The update is being carried out under the
Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to rules framed in the Assam Accord, 1985.
The draft Assam NRC was published on July 30,
2018 in which the names of 2.89 crore of the 3.29 crore people were included.