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Assam NRC: As SC Decides September 25, Date For Filing Claims, Know The Documents Needed

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| September 19 , 2018 , 17:13 IST

The Supreme Court will on Wednesday resumed hearing on the inclusion of names in the controversial Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft list. The court ordered the resumption of filing of claims and objections by those who have been left out in the draft Assam NRC. The filing of claims would begin on September 25 and will go on for next 60 days.

A division bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman was hearing the matter. The apex had last week deferred the hearing in the case till September 19 (Wednesday).

Documents That Can Be Used To File The Claims Are:

  • Land documents like Registered Sale Deed, Records of land rights up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Permanent Residential Certificate issued from outside the State up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Passport issued by the Government of India up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Life Insurance Corporation of India Insurance Policy (LICI) of relevant period up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Any licence/certificate issued by any government authority of relevant period i.e. up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Document showing service/employment under Government/Public Sector undertaking up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Bank/Post Office Accounts of relevant period i.e. up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Birth certificates issued by the competent authority up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Educational certificate issued by Board/Universities up to March 24, 1971 (midnight)
  • Records/processes pertaining to court up to March 24, 1971 (midnight) provided they are part of a processing in a judicial or revenue court.

In the second and final draft of the NRC, published in July, 2.9 crores out of the total 3.29 crore applicants were included. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

What is NRC?

The National Register of Citizens was first established in 1951 after a consensus to target illegal migration into Assam from neighbouring Bangladesh. The latest updation of the National Register of Citizens would include descendants of those whose names were in the 1951 consensus list or those who were in Assam's Electoral rolls till March 24, 1971.

In addition, descendants of those who can prove citizenship till March 24, 1971 as well as those who came to India between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971, and registered themselves with the Foreigners Registration Regional Officer would also be considered Indian citizens.

The National Register of Citizens was launched with a goal of documenting the verifiable citizens of India, to crackdown on and prevent illegal immigration, especially from nearby Bangladesh. The application process was launched in May 2015 and 6.5 crore documents were received from 68.27 lakh families in the state of Assam.

Currently, Assam is the only state having an NRC as it faced an influx from Bangladesh since the early 20th century.

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Systematically workers in the informal sector without a formal education or property are being left out in this revamped mode.