Seva Kendras to aid applicants for obtaining Legacy Data

These are crucial documents for claiming citizenship

February 10, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 06:47 am IST - Guwahati

: Altogether 2,500 NRC (National Register of Citizens) Seva Kendras will start providing assistance to the public from the last week of February for obtaining “Legacy Data” which will be crucial for inclusion of an applicant’s name in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be updated in Assam.

Announcing this here on Monday, State NRC Coordinator and Commissioner, Home and Political Prateek Hajela explained to journalists that the 1951 NRC and pre-1971 electoral rolls would be collectively called “Legacy Data” and these would be the primary set of documents admissible for claim of citizenship for inclusion of names in updated NRC in Assam.

Once the pre-1971 residence of the applicant or his or her ancestors in Assam is established through the “Legacy Data”, the only evidence required would be the applicant’s proof of identify and also proof of linkage with the ancestor, he said.

Married woman would be required to establish the admissibility of inclusion through Legacy Data or through other admissible documents and by way of drawing linkage with own parents or ancestors only and not with the husband’s family.

Vexed foreigners’ issue

There has been a political consensus in the State that updating the 1951 NRC by inclusion of names of all Indian citizens whose names appear in the Electoral Rolls up to 24th March (midnight), 1971 and their descendents is the only solution to the only solution to the vexed foreigners’ issue in the State and the updated NRC would be an effective means to protect genuine Indian citizens from harassment in the name of detection and expulsion of foreigners.

All persons whose names appear in NRC, 1951, or in the Electoral Rolls up to 24th March (midnight), 1971 and their descendants would be eligible to apply for inclusion of their names in the NRC to be updated.

The persons who came to Assam from erstwhile East Pakistan (present Bangladesh) between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971 would require registration with the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) and persons who can provide any of the ‘pre 1971’ documents in the list of documents admissible for citizenship would be eligible to apply.

Mr Hajela said that house-to-house distribution of application forms would start in April and the form submission would be through April and July.

The field verification of the application would begin in June. The draft updated NRC will be published in October-end or in the middle of November. After one month of claims and objections, the final updated NRC would be published in January 2016, he added.

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