On Thursday, the Central Government said the date and process for carrying out the exercise of the National Citizens Register (NRC) is yet to be notified.
As reported on Thursday, the Center explained that it would structure the timetable, laws, and regulations for carrying out the nationwide NRC exercise so that no Indian citizen would be inconvenient.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said the clarification was issued on the basis of rumors that the NRC wanted to discriminate against Muslims.
He also said no date for the NRC exercise was set and the rules were not drafted or passed through the legislative department.
The clarification of Reddy came one day after Odisha's chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, said he would not support the initiative of the central government to carry out a nationwide NRC exercise.
Patnaik said, however, that the ruling party of Odisha, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), backed the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 as it deals only with foreigners and has nothing to do with Indians.
Union home minister Amit Shah announced a pan-India NRC on November 20 and said it would also apply in Assam.
Assam's final NRC was issued in August this year, excluding more than 1.9 million people.
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