What is NRC? 1.9 Crore Legal Citizens in First National Register of Citizens Draft (Important) (Download PDF)


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Total of 1.9 crore names were released by Assam in the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) from total number of applicants 3.29 crores. The rest of the names after verification will be out in another draft.

Image of Assam releases a list of 1.9 crore legal citizens

Image of Assam Releases a List of 1.9 Crore Legal Citizens

Image of Assam releases a list of 1.9 crore legal citizens

Details by Assam State Government

  • The people whose names are listed in the draft are recognised as legal citizens of India.

  • The rest of the applications were under different stages of verification.

How Long Will the Process Take?

  • The verification process will be completed in 2018.

What is NRC?

  • The National Register of Citizens (NRC) contains names of Indian citizens of Assam first prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951.

  • Prepared based on Census and was further kept in the offices of Deputy Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers according to instructions issued by the Government of India in 1951.

What is NRC Updating Process?

The NRC updation currently going on (2014 - 2016) across Assam includes the names of persons or descendants who:

  • Appear in the NRC 1951

  • Appear in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24 March 1971

  • Appear in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of 24 March 1971 proving presence in Assam on or before 24 March 1971.

  • The application process started in May 2015 and 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families across Assam.

The NRC (1951) and the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24 March 1971 together are collectively called Legacy Data.

History of NRC

  • Assam was the only state, which has prepared NRC in 1951. The process in being repeated in 2017.

  • The exercise to update the NRC is being carried out in Assam following a decision in 2005, after a series of meetings between the central and state governments and the influential All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), to document the bona fide Indian citizens living the state.

  • The Supreme Court, which is monitoring the entire process, had ordered first draft of the NRC to be published by December 31.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 4, 2018

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