The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published at 10 am on August 31st, 2019. Security has been tightened in Assam, with over tens of thousands of paramilitary personnel and police posted across the state bordering Bangladesh.
The list intended to identify legal residents and weed out illegal immigrants from Assam is a long-standing demand of several indigenous bodies. The Centre has said people whose name don’t appear in the final list cannot be declared foreigners till tried at the Foreigners’ Tribunals.
The NRC, first published in Assam in 1951, is being updated as per directions of the Supreme Court with an aim to segregate the Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the state from the neighbouring country Bangladesh after March 25th, 1971.
The Assam Police appealed people not to believe in rumours. “The Government has ensured adequate safeguards for people whose name may not appear in the Final NRC. Don’t believe rumours, as some elements are trying to create confusion in society. Safety of citizens is our top priority,” Assam Police tweeted.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, a partial draft of the NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the complete draft NRC was released. A total of 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. The NRC authorities on June 26th, 2019 published an additional draft exclusion list consisting of 1,02,462 persons.