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'Illegal immigrants' a challenge, implement NRC across India: Assam CM

NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Sarbananda Sonowal
Sarbananda Sonowal (Photo: Wikipedia)

Terming a "challenge" for the nation, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal pitched for the implementation of the Register of Citizens (NRC) across all states of the country.

The Assam Chief Minister while addressing an event on the NRC issue underscored, "are a challenge for us and to answer this challenge, NRC needs to be implemented in all the states. It is a document through which we can protect all Indians."

At the same event, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav said, "Three steps will be taken after NRC, detect, delete and deport. NRC will ensure detection of Next step will be disenfranchise- deletion of names of illegal immigrants from voters list and deprive them of government benefits. The third stage will be deportation."

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The first draft of NRC for Assam, which was released in January contained the name of 1.9 crore Assamese. The second and final draft, which was released in July, included names of 2.89 crore people, out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, leaving out names of nearly 4 million people.

NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the only time in 1951 and is being updated for only Assam to weed out the illegal immigrants.

First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 05:19 IST