Every Indian citizen should get opportunity to prove his citizenship: CWC on NRC
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Every Indian citizen should get opportunity to prove his citizenship: CWC on NRC

Expressing its commitment to ensure that no citizen of the country was denied of his right in the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Congress working committee on Saturday said every Indian citizen should get opportunity to prove his citizenship.

The CWC, while noting that the NRC process was started by the previous UPA Government, said that the Congress was committed to ensure that no citizen of the country was denied his right.

Briefing mediapersons about the deliberations during the meeting of the CWC, the highest decision making body of the party, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,’’the Congress Working Committee noted that the entire process of the NRC was started as per the Assam accord signed by the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

After the Assam Accord, the process was started in 2005 by the Congress government in Assam and the UPA Government at the centre by consulting all the stakeholders.

The objective was to identify all the foreigners who had entered in Assam illegally. As part of the process, the then Manmohan Singh Government allocated Rs 489 cr and appointed 25000 enumerators.‘’

Refuting claims by the BJP of implementing the NRC in the real sense, Mr Surjewala said that 80 per cent of the work on NRC was completed by the Tarun Gogoi Government in Assam by May 2016.

Noting with concern that 40 lakh people had been left out of the draft released by the government, the CWC said that every citizen of the country should get full chance to prove their claim.

'The Congress will help all those who have been left out of the list,' Mr Surjewala said.

'The CWC also noted with concern that the BJP was using the NRC process to disturb the social cohesion in the country. It, however, resolve that it would not allow the BJP to succeed in its designs,' Mr Surjewala said.

Charging the BJP of doing politics on the NRC issue, Mr Surjewala pointed out that contrary to their claims to having implemented NRC in the real sense, during the last four years of the Modi Government, only 1822 foreigners were deported.

‘’As against this, between 2005 and 2013, the previous UPA Government deported 82,728 foreigners,’’ Mr Surjewala said. (UNI)