GUWAHATI: Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday lauded Union Home Minister Amit Shah who said that there will be a pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) and that Assam will naturally be a part of the process.
"But there will be a process of NRC across the country and that time it will be naturally carried out in Assam," Amit Shah said.
"We have not accepted the NRC. There were lots of discrepancies in the NRC while some non-citizens made it to the NRC, some genuine citizens were left out. In this regard, we have informally urged the Home Minister to go for a fresh NRC. Today, we are happy that the Home Minister made it official," said Himanta Biswa Sarma.
He said that the current NRC had not satisfied anyone in Assam.
"We believe that there should be one NRC for the entire country with one cut off date. We are not saying that it has to be 1951 or 1971 or 1961, whatever it is, it should be the same for the entire country," said Sarma.
The Minister's statement assumes significance considering the fact that an estimated Rs 1,500 crore have been spent so far to update the NRC in Assam through a rigorous process that also witnessed the engagement of over 50,000 state government employees.
A total of 3,30,27,661 persons applied to the NRC authorities for registering their names in the registry through 68,37,660 application forms. Out of these 3,11,21,004 persons were found eligible for inclusion of their names in the final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons.