New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on July 10 said the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) is being implemented only in the state of Assam at present, when asked if the exercise would be undertaken in neighbouring West Bengal too.
Though Rai had evaded a direct reply when Independent Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee asked the question, he later gave a written reply. “The NRC is being implemented at present in the state of Assam only as per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the provisions contained in the Schedule framed under Rule 4A (4) of Citizenship Rules, 2003.”
Banerjee had asked if the NRC updation would be carried out in West Bengal too.
The Supreme Court-monitored NRC exercise, aimed at identifying illegal immigrants, was carried out only in Assam which has faced an influx of people from Bangladesh. The draft NRC published on July 30 last year excluded 40.7 lakh people from it, leading to a huge controversy. The draft included names of 2.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applicants.
The final NRC list for Assam will be published on July 31, 2019.
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