What is National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam

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People wait in queue to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) centre at a village in Nagaon district, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018. "I request the Centre that amendments be moved so that these 40 lakh people get to stay in Assam", he said. "People are being made refugees in their own country".

# 11:15 am: Even someone whose name is not in the final list can approach the foreigners' tribunal.

The Minister said: "There is no question of any coercive action against anyone. It is a legal process done under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court", Sailesh said at a press conference. Later it was found that the draft had missed over 40 lakh people. This is a completely impartial report.

However, this is not to say that the discontent already generated by this exercise will not be exacerbated by the knowledge that of the roughly 3.29 crore people who had applied to be included in the register, over 40 lakh were declared ineligible for inclusion and, therefore, will not have any claim to Indian citizenship.

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The CM, who is leaving for Delhi today, said she would seek time from Union home minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue.

Urging not to create panic, Singh also said that if anyone was not satisfied with the first draft of the NRC, that person would get an opportunity to file claims and objections as per provisions in the law and later also approach the Foreigner's Tribunal.

There are NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) that one could visit to check their names on the list.

The National Register of Citizens, 1951 is a register prepared after the conduct of the Census of 1951.

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# 09:54 am: National Register of Citizens draft released Assam. The updating process involved house-to-house verification that involved verification of the documents provided, verification of the family tree to ensure claims of parenthood and linkages are not false.

The fresh claim will be disposed off only after proper hearing and examination of documents afresh. The concerned authorities will also inform citizens the reason for their names being left out.

The first draft comprising the names of 2,89,83,677 people of Assam was published online by the Registrar General of India.

The applicants can also call 24x7 toll free numbers - 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam - by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN).

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There are multiple ways of checking one's name in the NRC data.

The cutoff date to be eligible for Indian citizenship is March 24, 1971, as per the Assam Accord signed in 1985.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, on the other hand, had urged people to refrain from making "inflammatory" remarks in the wake of the publication of the final NRC draft, an official release said.

Applications for NRC were invited in 2015 following which 3.29 crore people sent in 6.6 crore documents.

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