Govt. earnest on NRC: Rajnath

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Tuesday that the government was committed to completing the process of National Register of Citizenship update in Assam within the stipulated time and would ensure that no foreigner was included or any Indian citizen excluded. Mr. Singh said the Home Ministry wanted that the NRC was completed with fairness and for this, the State government had been provided assistance and funds. Mr. Singh’s comments came hours after the Supreme Court came down heavily on the government, saying it was not cooperating in the NRC process and that it would seem the entire effort of the Home Ministry was to destroy the exercise. The court reiterated that the July 31 deadline for the completion of NRC exercise will not be extended. In a statement, Mr. Singh said the government had taken forward the NRC process. After the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985, he said, the Centre and the State government had completed the NRC work that remained pending for more than 30 years and took it to the final stage. The Minister said the complete NRC draft was published on July 30, 2018 and thereafter the claims and objections process had been completed by December 31, 2018. To a question in the Lok Sabha on the rationale of keeping Muslims out of the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said, “The object of the Citizenship Bill is to facilitate Indian citizenship for migrants from minority communities namely Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who have been compelled to seek shelter in India due to persecution on grounds of religion and who may not have valid documents.”

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