Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Rajya Sabha debates issue of NRC on second consecutive day

People showing their acknowledgement receipts Four million excluded from Indian state's draft list of citizens
Glenn Montgomery | 03 August, 2018, 18:16

The Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam released the second draft of the NRC Monday - more than six months after the first draft was released - featuring 2.89 crore names and leaving out at least 40 lakh people.

The process of updating NRC in Assam differs from the rest of the country and is governed by Rule 4A and the corresponding Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of national identity cards) Rules, 2003.

Informing that appropriate security measures were being taken up to check influx of illegal migrants, chief minister N Biren Singh said patrolling along the inter-state border in Jiribam has been intensified for the last few days.

He asked them "if they wanted to compromise India's security by patronising the 40 lakh people who have been left out of the first draft of the NRC".

The draft list, which was released on Monday, has left out almost 40 lakh people in Assam, incorporating names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. "If Bengalis say Biharis can't stay in Bengal, South Indians say North Indians can't stay there and North Indians say South Indians can't stay there, what will be the state of this country?" "But the fact of the matter is that there is no illegal immigrant from Bangladesh in India".

Many residents of Assam have long protested against the presence of "foreigners", which include both Hindus and Muslims.

"I will try to seek appointment with the Home Minister in Delhi and want to talk to him on the issue.I would like to appeal to him through the media to save these people and not to isolate them only for the cause of vote bank", she said.

Rights groups have criticized the government move, saying deletion from citizenship lists was similar to Myanmar's removal of rights and protections for its Rohingya community in 1982. Also there is every possibility that problems arising out of NRC issue may spill over in other NE states.

A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.F. Nariman said the centre should place the SOP before it by 16 August and that a local registrar has to give notice to those who have filed claims and objections, allowing them reasonable opportunity for a hearing. Millions of people can not be thrown out of citizenship at a stroke. "We thanked the Supreme Court for its direction to update the NRC of 1951".

It will not in anyway prevent them from residing in Assam or exercising their rights as Indian citizens.

He asserted that no "coercive" action will be taken against those whose names were excluded from the NRC draft list.

“Already, the Union Home Minister has categorically stated that no one would be sent to the detention camps even if their names do not appear in NRC, ” he reiterated. At the time, the state government had assured its people that another list was yet to be published.

"After the final publication, there will be claims, objections and correction procedure and people will be able to avail these services", he added. Then Mr.Naidu asked Amit Shah of BJP to speak on the National Register of Citizens.

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