The Central Government on Thursday said that the date and procedure of carrying out the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise is yet to be notified.
As per reports, the Centre on Thursday clarified that the schedule, rules, regulations of carrying out the nationwide NRC exercise would be framed in such a way that no Indian citizen is inconvenienced.
Union minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy said that the clarification has been given following rumours that proposed NRC is discriminatory against Muslims.
He also said that no date for has been fixed for the NRC exercise and the rules have also not been drafted or run through the legislative department.
Reddy’s clarification came a day after Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said that he will not support the central government’s plan for carrying out a nationwide NRC exercise.
However, Patnaik said that Odisha’s ruling party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) had supported the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 as it deals with only foreigners and has nothing to do with Indians.
Union home minister Amit Shah on November 20 declared of having a pan-India NRC and said it will be applicable in Assam as well.
The final NRC of Assam was published in August this year, from which over 1.9 million people were excluded.