Home Minister Gives Statement on NRC in Rajya Sabha

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah clarified that government will conduct NRC across India irrespective of any religion. He also said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is different from NRC.

Crux of the Matter
  • People excluded from the NRC in Assam have the right to go to the tribunal.
  • Cost of lawyers to be borne by the state government.
  • West Bengal CM, Mamta Banerjee has strongly opposed to the decision of NRC across India.
  • Amit Shah supported the Citizenship Amendment Bill by highlighting the need of giving citizenship to all illegal migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan belonging to Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Parsi, Jain and Buddhist religions by treating them as victims of religious persecution.
  • He also spoke on restoring normalcy in Kashmir.

National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register maintained by the Government of India containing names & certain relevant information for identification of Indian citizens. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India and since then it has not been updated until recently in Assam following Supreme court order. The purpose of NRC update in the state of Assam is to identify illegal migrants residing in that state. Assam has become the first state in India where the updating of the NRC is being taken up to include the names of those persons whose names appeared in the NRC of 1951. More Info