Congratulating the people of the state for the successful publication of the National Register of Citizens, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said “the historic day will remain etched in their memories forever”.
The process of publishing the final draft today was carried out in cooperation with the Registrar General of India, along with the central and the state government officials, under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court, the chief minister said.
The much-anticipated second and final draft of the NRC with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants was published around 10am today. The first draft, with 1.9 crore names, was released on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1, this year. Assam is the first Indian state where the NRC is being updated after 1951, with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date, to include names of “genuine Indian citizens”. The CM thanked the officials, who were involved in updating the NRC.
“For this remarkable feat, I extend my heartiest congratulations to the 55,000 officials engaged in NRC updation process and the people living across the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys, plains and hills of the state,” he said.