The Home Ministry on Tuesday, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, said the government has not taken any decision till now to prepare National Register of Indian Citizens (NRC) at the national level.
Two Members of Parliament – Lok Janshakti Party Nawada MP Chandan Singh and Telangana Rashtriya Samiti MP from Khammam Nama Nageswara Rao had asked the Union government regarding whether they had any plans to introduce National Register of Citizens (NRC) all over the country.
They also asked information regarding the timeline fixed for implementation of NRC in the country and whether the Government was aware that NRC will put an extra burden on Indian citizens.
Responding to the questions, the Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that they have not taken any decision to prepare a National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the National level. The reply from the Ministry of Home Affairs is the first official response from the Modi government over the question of implementing a nationwide NRC.
“Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level,”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP have been consistently allaying fears of the public by clarifying that there was no discussion over the countrywide implementation of the NRC. Even Home Minister Amit Shah has conveyed several times that there have no discussions on the issue of implementation of the NRC yet.
Essentially, while the government’s top brass has expressed the intention to implement NRC throughout the country, the policy decision and the framework of it has not been discussed yet and thus, the fearmongering is needless.
However, the opposition parties joining hands with “liberal-secular” media and ultra-left wing elements are indulging in fearmongering to incite Muslim mobs against the government to instigate violence across the country by claiming that the government intends to implement a nationwide National Register of Citizens after which they will throw Muslims out of the country.