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Rijiju tells Bangladesh MP NRC is updated under supervision of Supreme Court

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today apprised a visiting from Bangladesh, who raised the issue of ongoing update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, that the exercise was being carried out under the supervision of the Supreme Court, the said today.

of the Tariqat Federation, Al Haj met the for home here and discussed various issues including NRC, Rohingya refugees and matters of bilateral interest in social, political, cultural and economic fields.

On the NRC issue in Assam, Rijiju informed him that it is a process undertaken under the supervision and direction of of India, an official statement said.

The NRC is being updated in and the draft list of the Assam's citizens was published on July 30, leading to a huge controversy after over 40 lakh people were excluded. The BJP has maintained that only illegal immigrants from will be excluded but the opposition claimed that most of those omitted were Indian nationals.

When the visiting Bangladeshi raised the issue of the Rohingya refugees, Rijiju said was fully aware of the heavy burden imposed on as a result of the exodus of lakhs of displaced people form the Rakhine state of and is fully supportive of the efforts being made to resolve the crisis.

The has extended assistance to the and will continue efforts to persuade government to provide safety and security to the Rohingyas, he said.

During the meeting, both sides discussed various issues of bilateral interest in social, political, cultural and economic domains and security related matters. Other issues such as connectivity to the Northeastern states via and trade prospects were also deliberated upon during the meeting.

Emphasising the importance of Bangladesh for India, Rijiju said peaceful and prosperous Bangladesh is of high importance for the prosperity of and the continues to make efforts in this direction, the statement said.

Rijiju said the prosperity of the Northeastern states is linked with the prosperity of Bangladesh because these states share common economic, social and cultural linkage with the neighbouring country.

The recalled his visit to Bangladesh as a member of an all-party delegation in 2010 and said he had travelled to the bordering Indian states along Bangladesh.

is committed to provide security and stability in these bordering areas, specially in view of the upcoming Bangladesh elections, he said.

Both sides emphasised that it is important to work together for development and to have an action plan for countering terrorism-related activities across border, he said.

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First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 19:05 IST