Assam government recognises 1.9 crore as legal Indian citizens in first NRC draft

The Assam government late on Sunday night published the much-awaited draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), recognising the names of 1.9 crore people out of a total of 3.29 crore applicants as legal citizens of India. The rest of the names of applicants continued to remain “under various stages of verification” and are likely to be recognised in the final draft.

“People, whose names have not figured in the list, should not worry, for this is a part NRC. The names of the remaining applicants are under various stages of verification. Claims and objections can be filed only after phase 2 which is the complete draft. Hopefully, we will be able to complete the entire process by 2018,” registrar general of India (RGI) Sailesh, who was present during the online publication of the part NRC, told the media.

The NRC authorities had received applications from 68.27 lakh families comprising 3.29 crore individuals.

About 1.39 crore cases continued to remain under examination, scrutiny or field verification, Sailesh said.

In December, the Centre had sought seven more months to publish the part draft but the Supreme Court, under whose direct monitoring the NRC is being updated, rejected the plea.