The Centre on Wednesday told in the Parliament that National Register of Citizen (NRC) was carried to identify illegal migrants in Assam.

In a written reply to a question regarding the NRC in Rajya Sabha, minister of state for home Nityanand Rai said that NRC is being updated in Assam under the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the provisions contained in the Schedule framed under Rule 4A of The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

The minister said that the Assam government is competent to deport an illegal migrant after his nationality is verified.

“The matter of deportation would arise only after the disposal of appeals by the Foreigners Tribunal,” he said.

“Powers vested with the Centre to deport an illegal migrant under the Foreigners Act, 1946 has been entrusted to the government of Assam under article 258(1) of the Constitution of India,” he reiterated.

“The Government of Assam, hence, is competent to deport an illegal migrant after his nationality is verified, if so required,” Rai further said.

The minister informed the House that complete draft NRC in Assam was published on July 30, 2018, and the final NRC had been published on August 31, 2019, after the disposal of claims and objections.

He noted that any person, not satisfied with the outcome of the decisions of the claims and objections may prefer an appeal, before a designated Foreigners Tribunal constituted under The Foreigners (Tribunal) Order, 1964, within a period of 120 days from the date of such order.

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