Extend NRC to all States and seal border: Sonowal

‘What happens if illegal immigrants shift to another State?’
Defending the National Register of Citizens exercise, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday recommended such an exercise in all States.
“The unabated influx from Bangladesh cannot be seen as a standalone problem of Assam. Assam accounts for just a fraction of the total number of illegal immigrants in the country,” Mr. Sonowal said at a seminar, ‘NRC: defending the borders, defending the culture.’
“Census reports also reveal that population increased in the last few decades in many States, including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Meghalaya, far beyond the national average. So this highlights the intensity of influx of illegal immigrants in India. Even the national capital city of Delhi and other metro cities in India have started experiencing the evil of illegal migration.
“Besides being a security risk, they influence politics and eat into the already constrained resources of a developing country. Foreign infiltrators are trying to snatch our rights while staying in our country. This is a big challenge. To face it, I think it is very necessary to have NRC in each State. Through this document, we can provide security to our countrymen. We can help them live with self-respect.”
Protection for citizens
He said every State should do it. “If we complete the work of NRC in Assam and if they shift from Assam to another State, what will happen to that State?” He said with the land swap deal with Bangladesh done now, the border should be completely sealed. Mr. Sonowal sought to assure the people that government would protect genuine citizens.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/extend-nrc-to-all-states-and-seal-border-sonowal/article24920736.ece

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