A Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam released its draft on Monday and over 40 lakh people were excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft list.
At a press conference in Guwahati, Registrar General of India Sailesh announced that 2.89 crore people out of a total 3.29 crore applicants were found to be eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of the ambitious draft National Register of Citizens (NRC). Nearly 40.07 lakh applicants, however, did not find a place in the document, casting a shadow over their fate.
The development also took a political turn as the Opposition came all guns blazing at the BJP-led central government, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claiming that names of people who have passports, Aadhaar and voter cards have also been excluded from the final draft.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, however, asserted that the opposition should not politicise the “sensitive” matter as the list had been published on the directives of the Supreme Court and the Centre had “no role” in it.
Assam, which has witnessed an influx of people from neighbouring Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951. The current NRC is being updated with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date to include names of genuine Indian citizens.
Here is how one can check his or her NRC status:
NRC Sewa Kendra
An applicant can visit the NRC Sewa Kendra to get to know about his or her status. The person will be required to submit his 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN) to get the information. The Kendra remains functional on all working days from 10 am to 4 pm. Anyone can check his or her status by visiting the Kendra between July 30 and September. These Kendras are present in all Assam districts.
The authorities present at the Kendra can also inform a person about why his or her name has not been included in the draft.
Call or SMS
There are two toll-free numbers available to check one’s name in the NRC final draft. A person making a call from anywhere in Assam can call on toll-free number 15107 and get to know about his/her NRC status.
Applicants making calls from any other state than Assam can call on toll-free number 18003453762 for their NRC status.
Other methods to find out about the status is to send an SMS. The applicant will be required to send his/her ARN to 9765556555 via an SMS and a response will be sent to his/her mobile number with details of NRC status.
An applicant can visit three websites: www.nrcassam.nic.in, www.assam.mygov.in and www.assam.gov.in to get the information. After logging in, the applicants will have to fill their ARN to get the status.
The applicants, who didn’t find a place in the list, can apply in prescribed forms in their respective NSKs for reconsideration of their claim to the Indian citizenship between August 7 and September 28.