Rajnath, Shah, Sonowal, Doval discuss NRC

NEW DELHI: Top functionaries of the Government and the ruling BJP Saturday discussed the situation in Assam arising out of the exclusion of 40 lakh people during the update of the NRC, officials said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reviewed the ongoing exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of Assam’s residents.

The meeting stressed on the need for ensuring inclusion of all genuine Indians in the NRC, an official privy to the meeting said.

The Supreme Court has fixed December 15 as the deadline for filing of claims and objections for inclusion of names in the NRC.

The meeting came amidst reports that the Central Government was considering a proposal to grant work permits, among other measures, to people living in Assam who do not qualify for inclusion in the NRC.

The Central Government’s move to amend the Citizenship Act, to grant Indian nationality to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan also figured in the meeting, the official said. (AGENCIES)