Amid tight security, the second and final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be released tomorrow. The final draft will be published at noon at all the NRC Seva Kendras (NSK) across Assam and applicants can check their names in the list which will include the applicant’s name, address and photographs. Besides, one will be able to check their names on www.nrcassam.nic.in and www.assam.gov.in.
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The final draft will include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971. However, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela has pointed out that there will be enough scope for claims by people whose names do not appear in the draft and “genuine citizens should not panic if their names fail to figure in the document.”
If a person’s name does not appear in the draft then he or she will have to apply in prescribed forms in their respective Sewa Kendras and these forms will be available from August 7 to September 28 and the authorities will inform them about reason for their names being left out. The next step will be to file the claim in another prescribed form which will be available from August 30 to September 28 next and these claims will be finally disposed of after proper hearing.
The applicants can check their names in the draft by visiting their respective designated NSK which will be available on all working days from 10 AM to 4 PM from July 30 to September 28. The applicants can also call 24×7 toll free numbers 15107 from Assam and 18003453762 from outside Assam by referring to their 21-digit Application Receipt Number (ARN). The applicants can also check their names by visiting the NRC website and also through SMS.
It should be noted that the first draft of the ongoing NRC process was released on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, wherein the names of 1.9 crore out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across the State to maintain law and order, with District Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police being directed to maintain a strict vigil. Vulnerable areas have been identified by SPs in their respective districts and the situation is closely monitored to prevent any untoward incident.