SILCHAR, June 12 � The exercise of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951, has got under way in Cachar district. In a meeting convened by the district administration and presided over by Additional Deputy Commissioner SN Singh, officials discussed the guidelines for the NRC update.
In the course of the discussion, the officials underscored the fact that there are no records of the NRC, 1951, in the district and hence, in the update process, the voters list of 1966 and 1971 would be taken into consideration. It was informed that the midnight of March 24, 1971 will be taken as the basis of the NRC update. Those who can produce valid documents of coming to India before March 24, 1971 will be enlisted in the NRC. The documents to be produced include citizenship certificates, land documents of 1951, PRCs, refugee registration certificates, international passports, insurance policy certificates, licences, birth certificates, bank/post office passbooks, appointment letters of government jobs, board/university certificates, judicial papers, ration cards, circle officer-certified Panchayat certificates, circle officer-issued marriage certificates for married women, etc.
In a release issued to the media, it has been informed that all circle officers have been intimated and vested with the powers of the Circle Registrars of Citizenship Registration (CRCR) to look after at least 15-20 villages clubbed together. Thereafter, the update process will commence from the office of the Local Registrar of Citizenship Registration (LRCR), which necessarily has to be situated in a accessible geographical locality so that security personnel can reach there at the time of any emergency. As many as 100 such clubbings have been arranged for Cachar district.
Family records will be verified during the update process. Families will be issued forms which will be collected with all the details. Later, based on the detailed information, a draft will be prepared in Guwahati. The circle officers have been told to facilitate the issue of documents brought to them by the people. It was also informed in the meeting that NRC cells would be opened shortly at the Dak Bungalow and the first floor of the Unnayan Bhawan.