Union Home Minister Amit Shah on November 20th, 2019 informed the Upper House that the Supreme Court-monitored National Register of Citizens(NRC) will be updated afresh in Assam and will be a countrywide exercise.
Shah further added that no religion should be worried as it is just a process of citizenship identification and that it is different from the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The exercise which seeks to identify the bonafide citizens of the country was first started in Assam.
On August 31st, 2019, the Assam government officially released the final NRC list where names of 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible and 19,06,657 persons were excluded from the list including those who did not submit claims.
Speaking on the lines of the people whose names did not figure in the draft list the home minister added that the people have the right to go to the Tribunals constituted across Assam and that those who cannot afford legal counsel, the Assam government will bear the costs to hire a lawyer.
Shah while talking about the proposed Citizenship Bill said that the Bill is required so that the refugees who are being discriminated on basis of religion in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, get Indian citizenship.
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