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1. What is the legal provision regarding “Original Inhabitants” (OI)?

As per provisions of Clause 3(3) of Schedule of “The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, “The names of persons who are originally inhabitants of the state of Assam and their children and descendants, who are Citizens of India, shall be included in the consolidated list if the citizenship of such persons is ascertained beyond reasonable doubt and to the satisfaction of the registering authority”. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India vide the Order dated 21st July 2015 in WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO(S). 562/2012 further stated that “Insofar as clause 3(3) of the Schedule appended to the Rules is concerned, we clarify that the expression “original inhabitants of the state of Assam” would include the “Tea Tribes” and the inclusion of such original inhabitants would be on the basis of proof to the satisfaction of the Registering Authority which establishes the citizenship of such persons beyond reasonable doubt”.

2. Why is the provision of OI implemented?

As the law provides for the Original Inhabitants to be included in NRC, this provision is being implemented to ensure that no Original Inhabitant is deprived of this legal protection and is excluded from NRC due to unavailability of document or any such reason.

3. Will those NRC applicants who are identified as OI be eligible for any special benefit?

Original Inhabitant is not a special status so far as the updation of NRC is concerned and doesn’t give out any preferential or differential treatment to any NRC applicant. All persons whose names appear in the updated NRC shall have all rights available to citizens and all such persons shall be treated equally without any hierarchical categorisation irrespective of whether they enter the updated NRC by virtue of documentary evidence or by being marked as Original Inhabitants.

4. Who are non-OIs?

There is no such category as non-OI.

5. Will the draft or the final NRC show OIs and others separately?

In the draft and the final NRC to be published, nobody will be shown as Original Inhabitant or otherwise and will be identified in only one category, which is citizenship. All persons whose names appear in the updated NRC shall have all rights available to citizens and all such persons shall be treated equally without any hierarchical categorisation irrespective of whether they enter the updated NRC by virtue of documentary evidence or by being marked as Original Inhabitants.

6. Is there any official statement or study material on OI?

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