Assam lists 19 million citizens in first draft National Register of Citizens

Assam today published the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) recognising 19 million out of the 32.9 million total applicants as legal citizens of India.

The remaining applications are under various stages of verification, Registrar General of India Sailesh said at a press conference held at midnight where he made the draft public.

The first draft of NRC is available at nrcassam.nic.in, nrcdraft.in/NRCDraft, partdraftnrcassam.in, assam.mygov.in and assam.gov.in.  Applicants can also check your name in NRC draft through SMS and by calling on toll-free numbers.

The copies of the first draft of NRC are also on display at all the 25,000-odd NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) across Assam from 8 am today. Peple can check the names in NRC draft by visiting nrcassam.nic.in, nrcdraft.in/NRCDraft, partdraftnrcassam.in, assam.mygov.in and assam.gov.in websites. People in Assam can call at 15107 to know the inclusion of their names in the NRC draft while those who are outside the state, can dial 18003453762. 

''You can send an SMS from your pre-register mobile number to 97555655 or 9108464438 or 9108464450 in the format 'ARN space ARN (number)' to get information on the inclusion of your name in the NRC draft. If you are a registered applicant, you will receive an SMS automatically about the inclusion of your name.''

NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the first time in 1951 and is being updated for only Assam to weed out illegal immigrants.

"This is a part draft. It contains 1.9 crore persons, who have been verified till now. The rest of the names are under various stages of verification. As soon as the verification is done, we will come out with another draft," he said.

NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said those people whose names have been excluded in the first list need not worry.

Applicants can send an SMS from their pre-register mobile number to 97555655 or 9108464438 or 9108464450 in the format 'ARN space ARN (number)' to get information on the inclusion of their names in the NRC draft. Registered applicant will receive an SMS automatically about the inclusion of his/her name.

"It is a tedious process to verify the names. So there is a possibility that some names within a single family may not be there in the first draft," said Hajela.

"There is no need to panic as rest of the documents are under verification," he said.

RGI said the next draft will be prepared as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court - under whose monitoring the document is being prepared - in its next hearing in April.

The entire process will be completed within 2018, Sailesh said.

The application process started in May, 2015 and a total of 65 million documents were received from 6.827 million families across Assam.

"The process of accepting complaints will start once the final draft is published as rest of the names are likely to appear in that," Hajela said.