Guwahati, August 7: Similar on the lines of Assam, the ruling National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government on Monday said it is open to the idea of undertaking the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation exercise in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told media, “The NRC is a new concept and the state government is open to the idea.”
The Assam government released the second and final draft of the NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC.
The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The NRC Updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendants) who appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam on or before March 24, 1971.
“The various groups and political parties are also supporting the idea of NRC. We will discuss this issue. On the other hand, the Meghalaya government would further strengthen an existing law to deal with the problem of influx,” he said.
Tynsong, along with Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma, held a meeting on Monday with the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), an organisation demanding the introduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) and preparation of an NRC-like exercise to detect illegal immigrants residing in Meghalaya.