Publication of complete draft NRC
GUWAHATI, July 26: After a grueling phase of almost three years and 11 months, the stage is now all set for the publication of the complete draft NRC (National Register of Citizens) on July 30. Talking to The Sentinel, NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela said, “Now, we are ready. As per our plan, the complete draft NRC would be completed and published on the slated date of July 30. The printing process is on. The printed copies of the NRC would be hung in the NRC sewa kendras for public view. Applicants would be able to check their details there from 10 am to 4 pm. The details would include applicant’s name, address and photographs.”
Dwelling on the objective behind the process (being carried out only in the State of Assam), Hajela added: “The dual prime aim is to ensure that no Indian citizen’s name is left out from the NRC and no foreigner’s name figures in the National Citizens Register.”
“The NRC would include the names of all Indian citizens who have been residing in Assam before March 25, 1971,” added Hajela.
Pointing out that “there would be enough scope for claims by people whose names would not be included in the complete draft NRC”, Hajela stressed that “there should not be any apprehension among genuine citizens even if their names fail to figure in the document.”
If names do not figure in the NRC then the concerned persons would have to apply in prescribed forms in the respective sewa kendras. This scope would be available during August 7 to September 28, 2018. The NRC authorities would then inform the applicants of the reasons why the names were left out. The next step would be of claims when the applicant would have to fill up another prescribed form and submit it to the sewa kendra. Such claims would be accepted from August 30 to September 28, 2018. The claims would be finally disposed off through hearings.
The NRC authorities have made available five ways to check one’s names in the complete draft NRC.
An applicant can visit the designated NRC Sewa Kendra (NSK). This facility would be available on all working days from 10 am to 4 pm during the period from July 30 to September 28, 2018.
One can also call 24×7 toll free helpline numbers 15107 (from Assam) and 18003453762 (from outside Assam) to know the status of inclusion of one’s name in complete draft NRC by referring to the ARN number. While checking online, one must type the ARN in capital letters. ARN stands for the 21-digit ‘Application Receipt Number’ that is assigned at the time an application is accepted in the respective sewa kendras.
The other way is to check online by logging on to www.nrcassam.nic.in, www.assam.mygov.in, www.assam.gov.in, and www.homeandpolitical.assam.gov.in.
Another process to check one’s name is through SMS. This service is already active and will remain so till 6 pm on July 29, 2018 only.
Automatic receipt of SMS through pre-registration about the status of name inclusion in complete draft would be available shortly after 12 Noon on July 30, 2018.
The receipt of response through on demand SMS about the status of inclusion of name in complete draft on July 30, 2018 is from 12 Noon onwards.
While referring to address, applicants of Guwahati City will need to refer to the Ward numbers as per the earlier demarcation of 60 Wards.
It may be mentioned that names of 1.90 crore names out of 3.29 crore applicants’ names appeared in the part draft NRC published on the expiry of midnight Dec 31, 2017. Presently, over 50,000 government employees are working on the NRC updating process.