With district-wise data, Assam govt. pushes for NRC

  1. 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).
  2. 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 for verification.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The update is being carried out under the Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to rules framed in the Assam Accord, 1985.