The government has not taken any decision on preparing a National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) for the country, Union minister Nityanand Rai said in Parliament on Tuesday.
He, however, said the government has decided to update the National Population Register (NPR) under the Citizenship Act, 1955, along with the first phase of Census 2021. “Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at national level,” Rai said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.
So far, the NRC has been updated only in Assam. When the final list of the NRC was published in 2019, a total of 19.06 lakh of the 3.3 crore applicants were excluded, triggering a huge political row.
Replying to another question, the minister said any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of the decisions of the claims and objections during the process of preparing the NRC in Assam may prefer an appeal before the designated Foreigners Tribunals within 120 days from the date of such order.
Oppn MPs climb table in RS as House sees adjournments
A few MPs from the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) climbed the reporters’ table in front of the Chair during a discussion on agriculture issues on Tuesday in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition MPs raised slogans and said the relevant notices have not been taken care of. They accused the government of 'hiding' and avoiding discussing the farmers' agitation.
Congress MP Jairam Ramesh had said, "My notice on July 23 was for calling attention motion on the ongoing farmers' protest, but it was turned into a short duration discussion without taking a sense of the House." To this, parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said it can be taken now. Subsequently, the Chair allowed the discussion, but the opposition resorted to sloganeering. Due to the pandemonium, the House was adjourned till 2.32 p.m., then till 3.03 p.m. and again till 4 p.m. and finally for the day.
The deputy chairman invited all the floor leaders for the meeting. Earlier, the House was adjourned till 12 then 2 p.m., the opposition MPs had tied black bands and some wore black shirts. The women MPs too came in black sarees as a mark of protest against the government in the House.
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