No proposal to extend the NRC to other states

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The NRC 1951 in Assam is being updated under the provisions of Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir stated in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

He also stated that the applications for preparation of NRC in Assam were invited in May-August, 2015 and after necessary scrutiny and verification, the complete draft NRC has been published on 30.07.2018.

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Further, the Minister said that the claims & objections on the draft NRC have been invited until 31.12.2018. After the disposal of claims & objections, the NRC is to be finalised as per the timelines approved by the Supreme Court of India.

He also stated that the exercise to update NRC 1951 is being conducted under the Special provisions in respect of State of Assam under the Citizenship Rules, 2003.

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But the most important point he made was that ‘at present, there is no proposal to extend the National Register of Citizens to States other than Assam.’

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This effectively buries the demands raised in the states like the Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, Meghalaya, and Jharkhand where some political parties wanted a similar exercise to identify the non-Indians living in the Indian territory.