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The Centre on Tuesday said there is no immediate plan to introduce a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

In the written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, union minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai said that the government has not yet taken any decision to prepare a nationwide NRC.

“Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level,” he added.

The Home Ministry has also said that “the question does not arise” on queries about the modalities of a nationwide NRC and how it would put additional burden on citizens.

A number of opposition parties gave notices seeking discussions on NRC, Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Population Register (NPR).

On December 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said the NRC was implemented in Assam on the orders of the Supreme Court.

He had also said that the issue of NRC was not discussed in Parliament or the Union Cabinet ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre.

“I can assure 130 crore Indians that since 2014, when our government was formed, the term NRC has not figured in any discussion in the government,” he had added.

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