Assam NRC | Biometric work permit for illegal foreigners in Assam

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Guwahati, August 13: The Ministry of Home Affairs is working on chalking out a strategy to issue ‘biometric work permit’ to all those who, out of 40 lakh, will be declared ‘illegal foreigners’ in the ongoing process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

The Ministry of Home Affairs pointed out that the preparation and updating of the NRC were more challenging and complex in Assam due to the problem of influx, as per a report filed in the Deccan Chronicle. The publication of draft NRC has added to the confidence of the government.

The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC. The first draft was released on December 31 (midnight), 2017.

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The Centre has admitted that it is not possible to deport lakhs of people who are to be marked as ‘illegal foreigners’ post the publication of the NRC. The Home Ministry is also of the view that it would also not be a practical solution to confine such a huge number of people into the detention camps, as stated in a report by the Deccan Chronicle.

The Home Ministry is of the opinion that the ‘biometric work permit’ will help in tracking such illegal foreigners. The Ministry is presently studying all the aspects in relation to the issuing of a work permit as the Supreme Court may question the government about their action plan regarding the declared illegal foreigners.

The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951.  The 1951 NRC is being updated in Assam to weed out foreigners. The NRC Updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.