Committed To Complete NRC Updation Exercise Within Stipulated Time: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo courtesy: IANS

Highlights

  • Government is committed to complete the NRC updation exercise within stipulated time, Rajnath nSingh said.
  • The NRC is to be updated after 1971 for the first time only for the central and State government’s continuous effort, Singh said.

New Delhi, February 5, 2019

Amidst the ongoing controversies and reports of anomalies regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation exercise in Assam, the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February 5th, 2019 said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government is committed to publish an error-free NRC within stipulated time. “The government is committed to complete and publish an error-free NRC within the stipulated time without excluding any Indian citizen,” Rajnath Singh said.

The home minister claimed that the centre has released the funds and supplied other essential infrastructure necessary for the NRC updation exercise. He further said, “After 1971, NRC is to be updated for the first time only because of Central and the state government’s spontaneous effort.”

SC pulls up centre

The Supreme Court on February 5th, 2019 pulled up the Centre over the NRC in Assam and said that the Union Home Ministry comes up with “different stories to destroy the process”. The apex court said that the deadline will not be extended beyond July 31st, 2019 as elections and the NRC must go together. “We are getting an impression that the MHA wants to destroy the whole process. Every time the MHA comes up with different stories to destroy this process,” said Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The top court’s observation came while dismissing a plea for withdrawal of 167 companies of combined armed forces. The apex court said that the central forces can’t be withdrawn from Assam. “We are disappointed. We will not extend the 31 July deadline for the publication of the final NRC. A final call, however, will be taken on the first week of March,” added Chief Justice Gogoi.

The court also directed the Assam government against engaging 3,457 employees, who are involved in NRC updation exercise, in election duty.

The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30th, 2018. A total of 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. The first draft was released on December 31st, 2017 (midnight).