The National Register of Citizens (NRC) aims to document all the legal citizens of India, thereby deporting the illegal immigrants. The creation of the NRC was mandated in the 2003 Amendment of the Citizenship Act, 1995. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, until the drafting of the NRC (National Register of Citizens), Citizenship of India can be proved by giving any documents relating to date of birth or place of birth or both. Hence, it is extremely crucial for Indians to have their documentation in place. A lot of unschooled people, which usually form the lower socio-economic strata of our society, are uninformed about proper identification that is required. This can lead to them being deported, leaving them country-less, and having no basic rights to avail.
In India, certain documents add an identity to an individual. Those documents very well define the existence of a person. Every little work gets delayed because of the lack of documents. Especially in a country like ours, getting admission in school, college, buying a sim card also needs identity proof. Having these documents will smoothen the process of all the activities like getting a voters' ID, buying a vehicle, or a property, applying for ration card, driving licence, etc.
This activity aims to inform the students about various documentations acknowledged by the Government of India and the process to acquire. Students will also be tasked with the responsibility of spreading this knowledge amongst their family and relatives.
- Students will be able to recognize the mandatory documents as Indian citizens they or their family members must have.
- Students will be able to comprehend the importance, process of applying, and the eligibility criteria of these different documents at different ages.
Students will be able to classify and describe the importance, process of applying, and the eligibility criteria of different mandatory documents for Indian citizens at different ages.
Critical thinking, Teamwork
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|1||Step 1: Introduction
Step 2: Activity
Step 3: Debrief
Step 1 - Introduction
Estimated Time: 10 mins
1. Teacher will play this video in class - Documents required to Indian Citizens
2. Teacher will then ask the following questions based on the video:
- Why do we need certain documents in different countries to prove our citizenship of the same?
- What are the common documents we use in our daily life? (Aadhaar card, ration card, ATM, etc.)
- Which document do we use for voting purposes? (Voter ID)
- Which document is required to travel abroad? (Passport)
- What are the other documents that your parents hold?
3. Take 1-2 responses for each question, and tell the students, today in groups, we will discuss which various ID documents a person residing in India requires.
Step 2 – Activity
Estimated Time: 25 mins
- Teacher will then divide the class into 4-6 groups as per class size.
- Ask them to discuss in their groups the documents a person living in India requires at different ages for different purpose. In groups, they can draw a picture chart ‘Growing up in a Democracy’ with the help of the given list of documents and information given in reference section. Reference template options for picture charts are given in Annexure 1.
- Share the Reference Handout given in Annexure 2 for reference to help discussion. (Note: Teacher can display the handout if smart board/Projector is available)
- Teacher will tell students they have 20 minutes to make this picture chart in groups. They will then display them on Desh Apnayen wall so that everyone can see each other’s chart.
Step 3 - Debrief (10 min)
Estimated Time: 10 mins
Teacher will debrief the session with help of following questions:
- What did you learn from the activity?
- According to you, which are the two most essential documents that one must have? Give reasons for your answers.
- Why do you think having these documents are important? What awareness will you spread among your family and friends to acquire these documents?
Ask students to create a similar picture chart for one member of the family (mother/father/elder person) – and find out which documents they have, when and how did they get them and how is this document useful for them.
Annexure 1 – Growing up in Democracy Template
Draw your group photo or write your group names in the space. For Homework draw family members’ photos in the given space (Separate chart for both) and mark each family member’s eligibility for the document while mentioning their age and the date when they got the document or will become eligible to apply.