Assam tense; final NRC draft today

Assam tense; final NRC draft today
Correspondent GUWAHATI, JUL 29 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

An uneasy calm prevails in most parts of Assam in the run-up to publication of the “complete draft” of National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Monday that will decide the fate of citizenship of 1.39 crore people in Assam. The draft will be published at noon at all the NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across the state and applicants can check their names in the list which will include the applicant’s name, address and photographs, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela told PTI.

The NRC will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before 25 March, 1971. With intelligence agencies anticipating trouble in certain pockets, especially in minority-dominated areas in both Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, the Centre and State government are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order in the run-up to and post publication of the complete draft. 

While security forces have been put on maximum alert, prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been enforced eight districts – Barpeta, Darrang, Dima Hasao, Sonitpur, Karimganj, Golaghat, Dhubri and Bongaigaon – for an indefinite period. 

Additional Central paramilitary forces have been brought into the State to assist the police and the forces have already fanned out to sensitive areas. As per reports, over 20,000 personnel of Central forces are already in the State. 

The Sarbananda Sonowal government had on Sunday convened an all-party meeting in Dispur to ensure calm and inspire public confidence in the run-up to and post publication of the complete NRC draft. 

No untoward incident has been reported so far from any part of the State, but both New Delhi and Dispur are leaving nothing to chance. 

The authorities are also trying to dispel fear of anyone being declared a foreigner automatically on his or her name not figuring in the complete NRC draft by asserting that sufficient time would be given to all to file claims and objections.

Considered one of the largest exercise of its kind carried out in any corner of the world to determine residency status of citizens, the NRC of 1951 in Assam is being updated by Registrar General of India along with Office of the State Coordinator, NRC as per the directive of Supreme Court and under its strict monitoring. 

And with barely 12 hours remaining for publication of the complete NRC draft, neighbouring States like Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland too are facing anxious moments as many organisations are apprehending large scale influx of alleged illegal immigrants from Assam. They fear that those whose names don’t figure in complete NRC draft might move into their States.

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