The final list of National Citizenship Register identifying Indian and foreign nationals was published in Assam on 31 August 2019.
In Assam, 33027661 people had applied to join the NRC, out of which 31121004 people have been included in the NRC on the basis of documents and 1906657 has been excluded.
The final list of NRC included the names of those who are citizens of Assam or residing in their former state before 25 March 1971. This was verified through official documents.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has made it clear that only due to lack of names in NRC, no person will be declared as a foreign citizen, whose names are not included in them. They have to appear before the Fornors Tribunals with documents for which the person has been given 120 days.
Despite the decision of the applicant to be a citizen of India or not, the Fornors Tribunals will still have the right to approach the High Court or the Supreme Court if the applicant is dissatisfied with the decision of the FD.
What is a citizenship register?
It is a detailed report of citizens living lawfully in a country or state. The first citizenship register in India was prepared after the census in 1951, all the people recorded in this register are considered citizens of India.
By amending the citizenship law of 1986, Assam changed the rules of Indian citizenship, under which only those living in India from 1951 to 24 March 1971 have been considered as Indian citizens.