The central government is yet to take any decision to come up with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country, Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Union minister Nityanand Rai told this to the Rajya Sabha in a question on whether the central government had any plan to implement the NRC throughout the country.

In a written reply, Union minister Rai said: “Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens at the national level.”

In Assam, the NRC was updated under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

The final NRC was published on August 31, 2019.

A total of 19.06 lakh people were excluded out of 3,30,27,661 applicants for inclusion of their names in the NRC.

MoS for home Rai, in reply to another question, said there is no provision of detention centres under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the National Register of Indian Citizens.

After the publication of the final NRC, the BJP-led Assam government raised objection to it saying that names of many illegal Bangladeshi people were included in it.

However, a large number of organizations welcomed the NRC and termed it a historic document.

The aim of the NRC was to identify the illegal foreigners, mainly from Bangladesh, who entered Assam illegally after March 24 midnight of 1971.

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