Assam NRC: No Genuine Citizen will be Left Out, CM Sonowal Assures

Assam NRC

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  • The chief minister was replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address in the House
  • The National Register of Citizens (NRC) contains names of Indian citizens of Assam

Guwahati: No genuine citizen will be left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while speaking about the update of the NRC and its first draft released on December 31 last year.

The chief minister was replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address in the House. He also appealed to the opposition to work together with the government for the inclusive growth of the society.

Change is not only about building new roads and bridges, Change should come in the attitude of the people and their mindset, Sonowal said.

He further said that the overall law and order situation in the state had improved. We will not indulge in corruption. The people of Assam have reposed their faith in us and if we indulge in corruption, we will lose our self- respect.

On the importance of freedom of expression in a democracy, Sonowal said that the debates in the Assembly ensure participation of people through the voices of their elected representatives.

We have to think of those communities which don’t have enough numbers to elect a representative of their own. We have to take development to the micro-level for an inclusive society, he added.

When the opposition’s criticised that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not done enough for Assam, he said that Modi had visited the state during the devastating floods last year and formed a special committee to chalk out a permanent solution to the perennial problem.

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The National Register of Citizens (NRC) contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. It was prepared by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during that Census and was further 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.

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