NRC may be extended to the whole country - here's what you should know
The NRC has stirred a national debate. Here's all you need to know about National Register of Citizens or NRC.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the NRC would be extended to the rest of India recently in Parliament. The BJP chief said that the list would not discriminate on the basis of religion and that people shouldn't worry about it. He added that it would be repeated in the state of Assam. While the statement has stirred a national debate, here's all you need to know about the NRC.
What is it?
The National Register of Citizens or NRC is a record of the names of all Indian citizens. An NRC was prepared once before, in 1951. The registers were stored in the offices of deputy commissioners and sub-divisional officers.
The NRC was reintroduced in the state of Assam in 2018 to identify and weed out illegal immigrants in the region. The below information is based on the rules that were in place for the NRC when it was being re-drafted in Assam. It could serve as a yardstick for the rules and regulations that will apply nation-wide.
Are you eligible to register?
♦ If your name appears on the 1951 NRC, you are eligible to register.
♦ If your name appears on any voter list.
♦ If you're a descendants of the people mentioned above.
♦ All Indian citizens including their descendants.
The NRC is used to detect illegal immigrants. Your inclusion in it is a confirmation that you are an Indian National and is a ticket to enjoying all the constitutional rights, safeguards and benefits of the government schemes.
Consequences if you don't register yourself:
You may face administrative/legal problems. A notice maybe issued from your state officials to confirm your Indian citizenship. Failure to do so might result in jail time or deportation in worst cases.
Should you worry if your name doesn't feature in the NRC?
It is important to note that non-inclusion in the final NRC does not necessarily make one a foreigner. The assigned foreigners tribunals will decide whether a person is a foreigner. Further, the tribunal rulings can even be challenged in the district high courts and in the Supreme Court.