How to get 1971 voter list in West Bengal?






Abhishek Abhishek
Answered on October 07,2019

As and when NRC is implemented in West Bengal, the Election Commission of India will make available the electoral list of 1971 of West Bengal.

The NRC process is mentioned in this flow chart.

The procedure to find your name in the electoral list and get included in the NRC list is provided below.

  • The copies of available NRC, 1951 and the copies of available Electoral Rolls up to 1971 referred to as Legacy Data would be made available for inspection at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK) and at notified Polling Stations during the office hours from 10 AM to 6 PM.

  • Quoting of names of self or parents or ancestors appearing in any of these documents shall be important to support the claim for inclusion in updated NRC. 
  • As such the citizens are requested to look for their own/parents’/ancestor’s names in the documents published at the designated NSK and Polling Station.

  • Further, names of only those persons would ordinarily be available in the Legacy Data who would have been 21 years of age in 1971, meaning thereby that they would have been born around 1950 or before.

  • On finding such records in the published copies, citizens would be required to record the unique combination of their entry as appearing in the stated documents by noting down the (1) Image ID (2) Sl No of the House No and/or Serial No within household and (3) the name of the person as recorded in the document.

  • After recording such particulars the citizens can approach the officials at the NSK, who on receiving the recorded particulars would provide Legacy Data slip to the citizens containing a unique Code known as Legacy Data Code. This exercise shall be crucial as the citizens would be required to furnish the unique Legacy Data Code in the Application Form to support the claim of inclusion in updated NRC.

  • It is further notified that the records available in the laptop computers at the NSKs contain the Legacy Data, that are the records enlisted in NRC 1951 & Electoral Rolls up to 1971, as available in the districts and thereafter computerized with a multilingual search engine to assist the public in finding their names easily.

  •  In this regard, it is hereby made clear that the computerized Legacy Data is just a tool to facilitate easy search and by no means the only resort for finding proof of eligibility for inclusion in the updated NRC.

  • The Legacy Database are old and even some are found in faded, torn condition, for which 100% digitization of all records may not have been possible. As such if someone’s name is not found in the computerized search the person can still look up for such records in the published copies made available at the NRC Seva Kendras (NSKs). 

  • Even if one does not find his or her name in the published documents application still be made for inclusion in NRC by providing any of the other admissible documents.
  • As such unavailability of one’s own or forefather’s name in Legacy Data in the computer is not a deterrent for applying and inclusion in NRC if the applicant can produce any of the other admissible documents as well.

  • The Legacy Data search shall also be available for search on the website of NRC of the respect

  • It is to be noted here that for inclusion in NRC the applicant need not submit all the documents, but only any one of the documents admissible for inclusion in the updated NRC. It can be either 1951 NRC, any one of the electoral rolls upto 1971 or any one of the other admissible documents. Further, one NSK shall have the database of the entire state for easy search of data from any part of the state that makes the searching easy for people who have changed residence after 1971.
  • In some cases, citizens might have certified copies/extracts of the Legacy Data with them. In such cases also, certified copy/extract has to be cross-checked with records available with Government. Such certified copies/extracts shall be considered for eligibility for inclusion in updated NRC only if found correct as per such cross-checking, and an official unique Legacy Data Code issued as per protocol. In such cases, citizens would have to go to the nearest NSK along with the certified copy of the Legacy Data and get the data searched. In case, any match is found with the database then a Legacy Data Code shall be assigned. In case, there's no match found, then Legacy Data Code shall be furnished only after a thorough scrutiny of the certified copy submitted. In such cases, an Acknowledgement ID, but not the final Legacy Data Code, shall be issued to the applicant. At the NSK, while issuing the Acknowledgement ID, the mobile number of the person will be noted. Legacy Code of the applicant, if found genuine in the verification process, shall be communicated via SMS.  In case the result of the verification is found negative, the same also be communicated via SMS.

  • In case if someone’s name is found in the Legacy Data image, but the correspondence digitized record is not found then a temporary image ID known as DLDD*ID will be issued. After verification of particulars, a Legacy Data Code shall be issued against the DLDD * ID. At the NSK, while issuing the DLDD * ID, the mobile number of the person will be noted and the person is informed by the NSK Operator of his Legacy Data Code via SMS.

  • The citizen would be entitled to receive only a legacy data slip containing legacy data code at the NSKs, and not the photocopy of legacy data image.

Anirban Anirban
Answered on November 22,2019

You cannot check it now. If NRC is implemented in West Bengal, then the copies of available NRC of 1951 and the copies of available Electoral Rolls up to 1971 referred to as Legacy Data would be made available for inspection at NRC Seva Kendras (NSK) and at notified Polling Stations during the office hours from 10 AM to  6 PM.

This was the process followed in Assam.The same process will be followed in West Bengal also if it is implemented.