Assam on high alert as the final NRC to be published today

Assam on alert as the final NRC to be published today

Amid tightened security and a ban on assembly of more than four people in some public places considered sensitive, the stage is set for the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list in Assam today. The Centre has rushed additional 51 companies of paramilitary forces to Assam to maintain law and order in the state.

The final National Register of Citizens, NRC of Assam will be published at 10 AM today. The state government has made necessary arrangements to provide free legal aid to those whose names do not figure in final NRC. Sources said that they can represent their case in front of foreigners tribunals.

Talking to media, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said his government is ready to extend support to needy people. He appealed to the public to maintain peace and tranquility in the state.

It is for the first time since 1951 that the NRC is being d in Assam to identify bonafide residents. The entire project is headed by the State Coordinator of National Registration, Assam, under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court.

The first NRC draft was published on the midnight of 31st December 2017 which included names of 1.9 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. On 30th July 2018, the second and final draft was published bearing the names of 2 crore 89 lakh 83 thousand 677 citizens of Assam.

Names of around 40 lakh 7 thousand people were not included. When the NRC was first prepared in Assam in 1951, the state had 80 lakh citizens. According to the 2011 census, the state’s total population is over 3.11 crore.