The Assam government has termed the finalisation
of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list there as a “mixed bag” and raised
concerns over several “technical flaws” in the process. It has decided to move
to the Supreme Court appealing for re-verification in selected districts.
Earlier, 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 remaining districts. However, the plea was rejected by Supreme Court.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) was
published on August 31, 2019. Over 19 lakh people were excluded from the final
Excluded persons will have 120 days to file an
appeal at any of the existing Foreigners Tribunals. The Tribunals are required
to dispose of the cases within six months. Appellants can then approach the High
Court and Supreme Court. They will get a window of 10 months to prove their
citizenship before being sent to detention centres
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.
The NRC has recently been 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 has been carried out under the
Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to rules framed in the Assam Accord, 1985.