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NRC across India not on immediate govt agenda

MoS Nityanand Rai was responding to the opposition that asked whether the government was implementing NRC after consulting state governments

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Will the National Register for Citizens (NRC) be implemented across the country? The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has given a written statement in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday in reply to this question. The ministry says it has not decided to prepare the register across the country.

The opposition has time and again raised this question in the parliament, trying to create a ruckus to derail the proceedings of Sansad.

In the Lok Sabha today, MPs Chandan Singh and Nageswara Rao directed the question at the MHA. They asked whether the government was taking steps to implement NRC after discussing the matter with the state governments. There were five questions on the subject in all.

In its reply, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said in a written statement in the Lok Sabha, “… till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Citizens (NRC) at the national level.”

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was going to give a statement, but he could not due to the noise the opposition benches made. Speaker Om Birla had to adjourn the proceedings of the House. The MHA put the answer on the table of the house today.

Demonstrations continue on the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act in some parts of the country these days. Many activists are protesting against the NRC as well, although the central government has said on several occasions that it is not implementing citizens’ register nationwide as of now. Rather, the opposition is spreading confusion on this issue, the government says.

Some state governments have raised their voice against the NRC. Nitish Kumar has announced in Bihar that the NRC will not be implemented in his state although his party is part of the NDA. Other opposition-ruled states like West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Kerala have refused to implement NRC.

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