In a bid to identify and oust the illegal migrants the Govt has started the NRC survey which is a stringent one in the sense that the eligibility criterion is well laid out to make the distinction between a genuine citizen and a fake one. The salient features of this identification scheme based on the eligibility criterion is as follows -
1. One has to prove that ones ancestors entered India before March 24, 1971, the eve of the Bangladesh War.
2. Persons whose names appear in NRC, 1951 and Electoral Rolls up to 24th March (midnight), 1971 and their descendants are eligible.
3. Persons who came to Assam on or after 1st January 1966 but before 25th March 1971 and registered themselves in accordance with the rules made by the Central Government with the Foreigners Registration Regional Officer (FRRO) and who have not been declared as illegal migrants or foreigners by the competent authority are also eligible.
4. Persons who are original inhabitant of Assam and their children and descendant who are citizens of India provided the citizenship of such personas is ascertained reasonable doubt by the registering authority.
5. Persons who can provide any one of the documents issued up to midnight of 24th March, 1971 as mentioned in the list of documents admissible for citizenship (identity proof documents include land documents, permanent residence certificate, life insurance policy of LIC, any licence/certificate issued by any government authority, documents showing service/employment under government or PSU, bank/post office account, birth certificate issued by competent authority, educational certificate issued by board/university and record/processes of judicial or revenue court).
6. All the Indian Citizens including their children and descendants who have moved to Assam post 24th March 1971 would be eligible for inclusion in the updated NRC on producing satisfactory proof of residence in any part of the country (outside Assam) as on 24th March, 1971.
7. All the members of the Tea Tribes shall be covered under 'Original inhabitants of Assam' category provided for under Clause 3(3) of the Schedule of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
8. One does't qualify as an Indian citizen even if ones grandparents and parents and oneself have lived in India before 1971. One has to prove through documentation or records that one is their grandchild or child. This can be done at the gram panchayat or tehsil level endorsed by the verifying authority.
9. Birth certificates issued by any authority other than the health department will not be accepted. Certificates made more than a year after birth may also be rejected.
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