Assam NRC is only a draft list: India assures Bangladesh

Guwahati, August 10: India has assured Bangladesh that the National Register of Citizens  (NRC), recently published in Assam, is only a draft list. This was stated by the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.

“Bangladesh, too, says that the NRC, which was prepared under the directions of the Supreme Court, is an internal matter of India. The citizens’ registry will have no impact on the bilateral relationship between the two nations. We do not apprehend any impact on bilateral ties,” Kumar added.

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 spokesperson further stated that the same assurance was also given to a visiting Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, Al Haj Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary, who met Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju a few days ago.

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The Ministry of External Affairs also said it was in close contact with Bangladesh on the NRC issue. “We have been in close touch with Bangladesh both prior to and following the issuance of the draft NRC,” the spokesperson told reporters.

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The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The NRC of 1951 is being updated to weed out the illegal migrants from Assam.

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.