New Delhi, Feb 7: Minister of state for Home Affairs, Kiiren Rijiju, on Wednesday said National Register of Citizen (NRC) in Assam is being undertaken in a fair, objective and transparent manner. Also Read - A Veteran Leader And Son of Soil, Tarun Gogoi Rebuilt Congress in Assam | Obituary
Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Rijiju, said that the first part of Draft National Register of Citizen (NRC) covering 1.90 crore applicants has been published on the expiry of the midnight of 31st December, 2017 including names of those applicants in respect of whom the entire process of verification has been completed. Also Read - Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Passes Away at 84 After Long Battle With Illness
National Register of Citizens (NRC) is an exercise that is supposed to help identify and segregate names of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in the state. Also Read - Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Extremely Critical, Condition Deteriorates Further: GMCH Doctors
Rijiju further said that the cases pertaining to remaining about 1.39 crore applicants are under various stages of scrutiny and after their verification are completed, complete draft list including the result of remaining applications out of the total 3.29 crore applicants will be published.
Earlier, the Centre last had made it clear to all stakeholders in the NRC update process that it will soon begin re verification of doubtful citizens to make the list error-free, which also could lead to a delay in the publication.
The only time such a register was prepared in the state was in 1951 by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during the 1951 Census. This list is now being updated to include the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the 1951 NRC or in any of the electoral rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971. The objective is to filter out these immigrants from Bangladesh who have been illegally staying here.