Reiterating the centre’s stand on National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the centre will identify and deport all the illegal immigrants and infiltrators from the country.
Shah minced no words in reaffirming that the NRC will not be restricted to Assam, but will be implemented across the length and breadth of the country.
“The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP’s) election manifesto based on which the government has come to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per the international law,” Shah said in Rajya Sabha, replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in other states as well.
The measures taken by the centre to check illegal migration were also highlighted by Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai.
In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Rai listed various steps taken by the government to check illegal migration including erection of fencing on the international boundary, enhanced vigil by border guarding forces, as well as, the use of technology for border guarding and smart fencing.
Rai also mentioned that the government has requested the Supreme Court an extension in finalising the NRC list, since many genuine names were left out and many bogus names were registered. He assured that although the process may get delayed, the NRC will be implemented properly without any faults.
The NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data.