Assam: ULFA (I) military leader's finds place in updated NRC draft

Army troops on standby as Assam waits for first draft of NRC

Even as political parties in Assam welcomed publication of the first draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), a war of words has broken out between the ruling and opposition sides over non-inclusion of names of various political personalities and both sides have also accused the other of trying to delay the entire exercise of updating the register.Principal opposition party Congress expressed surprise over the fact that the first draft features names of only 1.9 crore Indian citizens living in Assam. "Substantial progress has been made, but still lots of work need to be done", Registrar General of India Sailesh said, releasing the first draft of 19 million names out of the total 32.9 applicants. "I am not anxious as the government is yet to publish another part of the draft". The names of the remaining applicants are under various stages of verification.

NRC State coordinator Prateek Hajela said the documents of the applicants were being examined carefully.

"It is a tedious process to verify the names", he said.

Names of AIUDF supremo Badruddin Ajmal, MP Sirajuddin Ajmal, MLAs Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Kasimi and Haji Aminul Islam are not in the first draft, even as the party claimed that some family members of those leaders have found their names on the first list. "The complete draft will be published after verification of all documents of those who had applied for inclusion".

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Asked about a tentative date for release of the final draft, Sonowal said, "The Assam Government is conducting the NRC updation process with the State Government machinery, the district Deputy Commissioners' offices mobilised for it on the orders of the Supreme Court. Hopefully, we will be able to complete the entire process by 2018", he told media representatives. The names for the second round of the draft are undergoing the verification process.

You can walk into your respective NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) between 8 am to 4 pm today and 10 am to 4 pm from January 2 to January 31 on all working days. They can also check for information online, through SMS and a toll-free number for people from Assam (15107). (SC has) held more than 40 hearings over the last three years.

National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951, is a record of names of Indian citizens being updated until midnight of March 24, 1971.

"The exercise, which so begun in right earnestness, has been monitored by the Supreme Court of India since December 2013 and the first draft has consequently been published yesterday", he added. Peple can check the names in NRC draft by visiting,,, and websites.



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