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India: No decision yet on nationwide NRC

  • Published at 12:08 am March 18th, 2021
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Indian Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nitynanand Rai confirmed that no decision has been taken as of yet regarding the NRC

No decision has been taken yet regarding the nationwide implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India.

Indian Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nitynanand Rai made the remarks while responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, asking whether the government had planned anything as of yet to roll out the NRC throughout the country.

“Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens at the national level,” Rai stated in a written reply.

The NRC was updated under the supervision of the Supreme court in Assam, India. In the final NRC published on August 31, 2019, 1.9 million people were not included, creating mass anger throughout the country. 

The NRC mainly caters to people living in Assam. In response to another question, Rai said there are no specifications for detention centres under the Citizenship Act of 1955 and the NRC.

He said on February 28, 2012, the Supreme Court issued a directive stating that foreign nationals who complete their prison sentences will be released immediately, and will be assigned to an appropriate location awaiting their repatriation or deportation.

The Ministry of Home Affairs of India issued instructions to state governments and administrations on March 12, 2012, stating that they have to follow the directives implemented by the Supreme Court, he added.

The minister also said that detention centres are set up according to local requirements, in order to contain immigrants and foreigners who are present illegally and are awaiting deportation after completing their sentence. They are created by the state governments and union territory administrations.