Guwahati : Speaking on the NRC proceedings in Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the BJP government is committed to provide Indian citizenship to the “Hindu refugees” left out of the NRC.
With just few days left for the complete publication of the final NRC, the BJP government is leaving no stone unturned to provide citizenship to the refugees.
While responding to a question by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Derek O’Brien in the Rajya Sabha, Shah said, “The government is firm on the NRC. We want to stop infiltration. As far as Hindu refugees are concerned, we are bringing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to give them Indian citizenship.”
It may be mentioned that in its 2019 election manifesto, the Bharatiya Janata Party said it would compile NRCs across the country and implement the controversial Bill.
Amid massive protests across the Northeastern states, the Centre has passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha in January 2019 but it lapsed as it couldn’t be cleared in the Rajya Sabha.
On the other hand, the NRC is being updated in Assam under the guidance and supervision of the Supreme Court to detect foreigners living illegally in Assam.