As Assam draws close to the publication of the final draft of its much awaited National Register of Citizens on July 30, other states in the North east re also bracing for possible repercussions.
The fear of “influx”, or the entry of people who do not belong to indigenous communities is a sensitive political issue across the North east. Several neighboring states have stepped up security at inter-state borders with Assam, fearing an exodus of people who fail to find their names in the updated list. All the other six states in the North East share borders with Assam.
The stated aim of the exercise to update the citizenry list for the first time since 1951 is to identify “genuine citizens” living in Assam and identify illegal immigrants. According to the terms of inclusions, those who cannot prove that they or their ancestors entered the country before midnight on March 24, 1971 will be deemed an illegal immigrant.
Fearing for a probable chaos in the state after the NRC final draft publication, the state forces have even put on hold the leave of Assam police and army jawans who are being put on duty across the borders as well inside the state for patrolling during the publication.
Everybody is hopeful as fear too grips in the minds of those who have been deemed as doubtful voters. Tough detention camps have been set up, the state as well as the Central government has assured the locals to not fear as nobody will be sent to detention camps. And if any discrepancy arises after the NRC final draft publication, people can go and forward their complaints to their NRC Centre through proper legal channels.