The final list of NRC was released by the Centre on August 31 at all NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) across Assam and on www.nrcassam.nic.in or www.assam.mygov.in online. Assam is the only state to have a National Register of Citizens (NRC).Sayera Begum (42), a resident of Dulabari area in Sonitpur, committed suicide by jumping into a well following rumours that her name was not in the updated final National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on Saturday, her family claimed. However, the district administration denied that the incident was linked to the publication of the NRC.
The Hindu Yuba Chatra Parishad (HYCP) on Saturday staged a protest in the city, claiming that the names of "Muslim foreigners" were included in the updated final NRC list, while those of indigenous people were left out. The HYCP demonstrated at Latasil Field near the All Assam Students Union headquarters in Guwahati, burnt NRC buntings and shouted slogans. Police arrested the demonstrators but later released them.
The Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the process of NRC updation in the state, also described it as a "flawed document" and observed a sit-in here.
The updated final NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was out on Saturday, with over 19 lakh applicants who failed to make it to the list staring at an uncertain future.
A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied to be included in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the document and 19,06,657 excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator's office said here.
Those who have been excluded from the National Register of Citizens have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals.
Meanwhile, the law and order situation across Assam was peaceful with no untoward incident reported so far from any part of the state, where all necessary measures were put in place to ensure peace and harmony.
The Centre had rushed an additional 51 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain public order in the state, Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia said. Here is how the thing unfolded during the day.
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10:23 | The Hindu Yuba Chatra Parishad (HYCP) staged a protest in the city, claiming that the names of "Muslim foreigners" were included in the updated final NRC list, while those of indigenous people were leftout.
10:00 | Final NRC list a fiasco, guided by ulterior motive: Mamata Banerjee
09:41 | A Kargil veteran, a sitting and an ex MLA of the AIDUF were among those who found themselves excluded from the final NRC.
09:13 | AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that the 'myth' of 40 lakh illegal migrants in Assam claimed by union home minister Amit Shah had been busted, with the updated final NRC excluding only 19 lakh.
08:39 | After Assam released its final list of the national register of citizens, a BJP MLA in Telangana on Saturday raised the demand for a similar exercise in the State.
07:46 | NRC exercise raises fear of genuine citizens being left out: CPI(M)
07:36 | NRC a sensitive issue, shouldn't be politicised: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot
07:14 | Assam BJP unit says it will appeal to the central and the state governments to prepare a nation-wide NRC
07:03 | No trust in the updated NRC: Assam BJP
06:31 | NRC should be implemented in Bengal too: Dilip Ghosh
06:15 | Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari renewed his demand for a similar exercise in the city and said he will meet the Union Home Minister soon to press for it.
05:57 | If Foreigners Tribunals give adverse order against genuine Indians, we will bring legislation to help the excluded persons: BJP
05:49 | Former CM Tarun Gogoi alleges that the BJP has failed to ensure error-free NRC.
05:25 | Centre will have to take the responsibility of those excluded: TMC
05:15 | Assam government says it will help genuine citizens left out of the NRC in filing appeal in Foreigners Tribunal.
04:50 | Amnesty International India appealed to the Assam government to ensure that the Foreigners Tribunals function with utmost transparency.
04:45 | Security stepped up in Mizoram after NRC publication.
04:26 | Hindu Yuba Chatra Parisad protests in Guwahati against NRC final draft release.
04:00 | Genuine citizens should be protected: Adhir Rajan Choudhary
03:49 | Not happy with final NRC, there is a scope of review in Supreme Court : AGP
South Abhayapuri AIUDF legislator Ananta Kumar Malo's name has not figured in the NRC list.— AIR News Guwahati (@airnews_ghy) August 31, 2019
03:30 | Woman in Sonitpur district, committed suicide ahead of NRC list was released.
01:45 | "BJP not happy with NRC list as more illegal migrants should have been excluded," says Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
01:05 | Unhappy with exclusion figure in the final NRC list, AASU to move SC
"We are not happy at all. It seems there were some deficiencies in the updatation process. We believe that it is an incomplete NRC. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and descrepancies in this NRC," All Assam Students' Union (AASU) said, adding it will appeal against it in the Supreme Court.
12:30 | Abdul Khaleque, Assam Congress MP congratulate NRC State Coordinator,& SC for publishing the final list
Abdul Khaleque, Assam Congress MP on final #NRCList: I congratulate NRC State Coordinator,& SC for publishing the final list. However, I'm not fully satisfied as many names of genuine Indian citizens have been left out. I appeal to govt to review formation of Foreigners Tribunal. pic.twitter.com/PXucQVIBBR— ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2019
11:30 | Delhi BJP president wants an NRC in the national capital as well
BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari: National Register of Citizens (NRC) is needed in Delhi as situation is becoming dangerous. Illegal immigrants who have settled here are the most dangerous, we will implement NRC here as well. pic.twitter.com/3T2kEogFP5— ANI (@ANI) August 31, 2019
11:10 | Congress to meet over NRC shortly
The Congress party will meet shortly, at 10 Janpath
11:01 | People throng at NRC Kendras to check NRC final list
People throng to one of the #NRC Seva Kendras in #Assam to check their names.— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) August 31, 2019
Total 3,11,21,004 persons are included in NRC list, 19,06,657 persons not included.#OurNRCFairNRC@sarbanandsonwal@HMOIndia pic.twitter.com/LeDV1o0THC
10:45 | List can be accessed both online and offline
Hard copies of the Supplementary List of Inclusions will be available for public view at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the Deputy Commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours.
When it comes to online, the status of both inclusion and exclusion can be viewed online on the NRC website. People can check their names online using Application Receipt Number (ARN).
10:30 | Those unsatisfied with the list can file appeal before the foreigners tribunals, says administration
10:26 | Names of 3.11 crore applicants have been included in final NRC, 19.07 lakh excluded, PTI has quoted NRC office as saying
10:25 | From what we know, the website has crashed. Ooops!
10:15 | Direct link to check NRC final list
You can check the final list at the official website thefinalnrc.com
You can check your status by entering the ARN number and a captcha text, built in for sites security.
10:05 | Govt publishes last list of NRC; check at nrcassam.nic.in or assam.mygov.in
The final list of NRC was released by the Centre on August 31 at all NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) across Assam and on www.nrcassam.nic.in or www.assam.mygov.in online.
In the draft published in July, 2018, of the 3.29 crore registered names, as many as 40,07,707 applicants found their names excluded.
10:00 | Final NRC list to be out shortly
09:40 | 400 Foreigners' Tribunals to deal with cases of excluded people
The Assam government will establish 400 Foreigners Tribunals in the state to deal with the cases of people who are excluded from the final National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Additional Chief Secretary (Home Political) Kumar Sanjay Krishna said the process is already on to set up 200 such tribunals and 200 more will be set up soon for the benefit of the excluded people.
The Foreigners' Tribunals are Quasi judicial courts mandated to hear appeals of those excluded from the NRC.
09:15 | Centre, Assam devising new ways to oust foreigners, says Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he had lost all hope in the National Register of Citizens as the Centre and the state government were discussing new ways to oust foreigners from the state.
Speaking to the media here ahead of the release of the final NRC list, Sarma said: "I have lost all hope in the NRC. I just want the day to pass off peacefully, without any incident."
"Delhi and the Assam government are discussing new ways to oust foreigners from the state. I don't think this is the final list, there are many more to come," he added.
09:00 | Lakhs in Assam lived in anxiety since NRC exercise began 6 years ago
Ahead of the publication of the final list on Saturday, tension was palpable in Khutamari village in western Assam's Goalpara district. More than 100 people in the village had not found their names in the draft NRC. Most of them filed fresh applications to prove their Indian citizenship.
Located around 170 kms west of Assam's capital town Guwahati, Khutamari is a village inhabited by multi-religious people, including Muslims, Bodos, Rabhas and Koch Rajbongshis. Although Muslims have been living in the village since generations, some of them failed to find their names in the draft NRC.
07:30 | 'Will help people left out,' says CM Sarbananda Sonowal
"As long as an appeal is there, no one will be treated as foreigners. Because the authority to declare a person foreigner lies only with the foreigners' tribunal," Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said.
07:00 | Assam on high alert ahead of the publication of final NRC list, security tightened
Assam DGP on publication of final NRC list tomorrow: We are making a good use of social media to reach out to public. If anybody comes up with hate post or wrong messages, we've told local OCs (Officer-in charge) that they not be allowed to do such things & legal action be taken. pic.twitter.com/dypvA3ATjt— ANI (@ANI) August 30, 2019
Amid tightened security and a ban on assembly of more than four people in some public places considered sensitive, the stage is set for the publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) list in Assam on Saturday. The DGP said that apart from the forces of the Assam Police, 218 companies of additional forces have also been deployed to ensure safety and security for all.
What is NRC?
The NRC list, first published in Assam in 1951, has been updated to segregate Indian citizens living in Assam from those who have illegally entered the state from Bangladesh after March 1971.
The draft NRC containing names of 28,983,677 out of 32,991,384 applicants was published on July 30 last year. As many as 40.7 lakh people were left out from the draft NRC. In the list published in June 2019, over one lakh more people were excluded. Around 36 lakh people have filed "claims" for the inclusion of their names in the final NRC
The Union government is reviewing the state's preparedness to handle the law and order issue that might arise as a reaction from those left out of the NRC. The status of all NRC applicants will be available online from 7 September 2019.