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The issue of publication of second and final draft of National Register of Citizens in Assam continued to dominate political scenario. After BJP President Amit Shah, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has also asked Congress Party and TMC to clarify their stance on illegal migrants.

The issue again reverberated in the upper house as vociferous opposition created an uproar. Despite requests from the chair, the pandemonium continued and the proceedings had to be adjourned.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju termed Mamata Banerjee's remarks on NRC and her comparing it with civil war as condemnable. He said that it is the duty of the CM to maintain law & order in the state and not incite violence.

Earlier, the issue of publication of second and final draft of National Register of Citizens in Assam continued to send political temperatures soaring for a second consecutive day on Tuesday.

The BJP accused Congress of adopting different stands in govt and opposition while emphasising that the soul of Assam Accord signed by then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 is in NRC. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked the Centre to place before it an SOP to deal with claims of those excluded from NRC on August 16.

Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the second consecutive day on Tuesday over the issue of publication of the second and final draft of National Register of Citizens. But before chaos dominated the proceedings, there was a discussion on the issue in the Upper House, where opposition parties and treasury benches articulated their positions on the issue. The discussion saw Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad expressing concern over the families affected by the NRC terming it a matter related to 1.5 crore families. But BJP President Amit Shah led the charge for the ruling side saying it was former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who signed the Assam Accord and NRC was part and parcel of it.

WHAT IS NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS (NRC)?

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is the register containing details of all Indian citizens. After conducting the Census of 1951, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was prepared by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during the 1951 Census. 

WHAT IS NRC 1951?  

After the conduct of the Census of 1951, a National Register of Citizens (NRC) was prepared in respect of each village showing the houses or holdings in a serial order and indicating against each house or holding the number and names of persons staying therein, and in respect of each individual, the father’s name/mother’s name or husband’s name, nationality, sex, age, marital status, educational qualification, means of livelihood or occupation and visible identification mark. This was done by copying out in registers the particulars recorded during the Census done in 1951. This NRC was prepared under a directive from the Ministry of Home affairs (MHA). 

These registers covered each and every person enumerated during the Census of 1951 and were kept in the offices of Deputy Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers according to instructions issued by the Government of India in 1951. Later these registers were transferred to the Police in the early 1960s. 

WHAT IS NRC UPDATION?

National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation basically means the process of enlisting the names of all citizens residing in Assam at the time of NRC updation. 

HOW WILL THE NRC BE UPDATED?

The NRC will be updated as per the provisions of The Citizenship Act, 1955 and The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. As such, eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC shall be determined based on the NRC, 1951, Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24th March, 1971 and in their absence the list of admissible documents issued upto midnight of 24th March, 1971.