The Assam government has released the district-wise
break-up of the 40.07 lakh people who had been excluded in final draft of the
National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The data suggested that most people in areas
bordering Bangladesh have been included in the citizenship list, while many in
districts dominated by the indigenous people have been left out. Assam’s
Parliamentary Affairs highlighted this data in the state assembly to make a case
Earlier, Centre and Assam had urged the Supreme
Court for a 20% sample reverification of names included in the draft in the
districts bordering Bangladesh and a 10% sample reverification in the remaining
districts of the State. However, the SC had rejected the plea.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register
which contains the name of all citizens of India residing in Assam. It was
prepared in 1951.
Currently, the NRC is being updated in Assam. It
seeks to identify illegal migrants in Assam who had entered the state on or
after 25th March 1971.
The update is being carried out under the
Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to rules framed in the Assam Accord, 1985.