All you need to know about NRC

NRC or National Register of Citizens is a register containing names of Indian citizens, being updated in Assam. March 24 (midnight) 1971 is the cut-off date to get one’s name included.

  • Published 1.01.18
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Security personnel keep vigil outside the NRC office in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by UB Photos

• What is NRC? What is the cut-off date to get included?

NRC or National Register of Citizens is a register containing names of Indian citizens, being updated in Assam. March 24 (midnight) 1971 is the cut-off date to get one’s name included.

• When was it last prepared?

In 1951, after 1951 census.

• Why is the exercise important for Assam?

It is hoped that an updated NRC will help detect foreigners.

• Why and when did the Supreme Court start monitoring the update?

In a judgment dated December 17, 2014, the Supreme Court fixed a timeline to update and publish the NRC and that it will monitor the process.

• Is the December 31 list final?

It is a part of the draft NRC. Later, (the date has not been fixed) the remaining portion of the draft NRC will be published.

• How many people have applied for inclusion in the NRC?

NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela told the Supreme Court that they have received 3.29 crore applications.

• What will happen to those who do not get enlisted in the draft NRC?

He/she will be given an opportunity to complain to the NRC authority.

• What will happen to those who do not get enlisted in the final NRC?

It will mean that one is not a citizen of the country. Police can refer their names to foreigners tribunals where they will have to fight a legal battle to prove themselves to be Indian citizens.

• How to check your status?

Walk in to your designated NRC seva kendras from 8am to 4pm on Monday and 10am to 4pm from January 2 to 31 on all working days.

Log in to any of these websites:www.nrcassam.nic.in, www.assam.mygov.in, www.assam.gov.in and www.homeandpolitical.assam.gov.in

Call toll-free numbers 15107 or 18003453762

SMS: ARN<space> 21-digit ARN to 9765556555/9108464438/9108464450

ARN is a 21-digit application receipt number mentioned on the fourth page (below the barcode) of the NRC form if you had submitted it offline. It is at the right corner of the acknowledgement receipt if you have submitted the form online. If you have lost the ARN, visit your designated NRC seva kendra; the officials will help you out.

 

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