Assam published its first updated draft of NRC(National Register of citizens) on 1st January 2018. 19 Million people have been recognized to be resident of Assam according to the list. Chief Minister of Assam has urged people of Assam to stay calm if their name does not appear in the first list as a second list is being prepared which will come out in the month of February or March 2018.
The second list will have names of more numbers of people with updated details. People living outside the states also have to get themselves registered or find their names on the list. More than 13 Million are still waiting for their names to be added to the list. we cannot help but look back as to why does Assam has the only such system in place where it recognizes it residents under the National Register of Citizens.
ASSAM AND NRC
The NRC was first published in the year 1951. The decision to a have a fresh identification of the population of Assam was taken on 15th August 1985 in Assam accord which was signed between the then prime minister and All Assam students union. After six years of long protest, they finally relented when the government agrees to conduct a fresh identification and counting of the people of Assam in wake of the influx of Bangladeshi Migrants. India shares its border with Bangladesh.
A large number of illegal migrants have arrived in Assam which has borders with Bangladesh after the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. This is first updates list of NRC after 1951. A few of the times when the process of NRC was tried to commissioned but resulting violence from the villages pushed authorities to back out. but, in this list people have supported this process and participated in the required original document to prove their residential status in Assam.
The Future of the National Registration Of citizens
They have already shown that they are ready to prove their status and illegal immigrants living in the state can be found. If someone does not find his name even on The second list of NRC, he can raise an objection in the court as well as reach the seva Kendra with the required original documents.
The government has deployed paramilitary forces for security and safety measure in the wake any violence in the state. But, the situation has been peaceful in the state so far but we are yet to see the final result when all the list of the NRC comes out. The people who do not find their names in the list are believed to be creating any unwanted nuisance in the state.
A total of 32.9 million applicants had registered for their names to be included in the list and since the first list has come out the official website is jammed. The supreme court-monitored NRC exercise is one of its kind to bring transparency to the residential status of the citizens of the Assam and we hope to see its fruitful result in the coming future.