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NRC being demanded in Tripura, Meghalaya

  • Published at 02:48 pm August 7th, 2018
People stand in line to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Indian state of Assam on January 1AFP
RFile Photo: People stand in line to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Indian state of Assam on January 1 AFP

The NRC is a list of people who could prove that they or their families lived in India before March 24, 1971

The publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by Assam last month has inspired various political parties and pressure groups in India’s Tripura and Meghalaya to demand the states to follow suit.

The NRC is a list of people who could provide documents to prove that they or their families lived in India before March 24, 1971.

The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), and National Conference of Tripura (NCT) have been demanding the introduction of NRC in the northeastern state.

The IPFT is an ally of the state’s ruling BJP.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told reporters a few days ago that NRC won’t be needed in Tripura since everyone living in the state has valid documents.

However, matters are taking a different turn in Meghalaya.

Its government is open to the idea of NRC, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong told reporters in Shillong on Monday.

He said the matter has been referred to Meghalaya’s Political Department.

“Let the Political Department come up with a Cabinet memo before the Meghalaya Cabinet itself. We will then mull over the issue before taking a final call on whether or not to adopt an NRC-like exercise,” he added.

“The government has received a number of memoranda from pressure groups and political parties on an NRC-like exercise with 1971 as the cut-off year and it is totally a new concept for Meghalaya,” added the Deputy Chief Minister.

He spoke to reporters after a meeting with the Hynniewtrep Youth Council, one of the pressure groups in Meghalaya demanding NRC for the state.

Assam published its draft list of citizens on July 30, excluding more than four million people. India says the list is necessary to identify illegal immigrants. But the NRC has sparked uncertainty about the future of those left out of the list.

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