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AP Assembly passes resolution against National Register of Citizens

Taking a stand against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) proposed by the Centre, the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution against the NRC and the National Population Registry (NPR) on the ground that some clauses in them were “highly objectionable” and needed to be re-worked on.
 
Through the resolution that was moved by Deputy Chief Minister Amzath Basha Shaik Bepari, the government made its stand clear that it would not implement the NRC unless it was carried out in the old (2010) format so that the apprehensions among the minorities were allayed.
 
Mr. Amzath Basha said the government had opposed the NRC earlier as it infused a sense of fear in the Muslim community and other minority communities. According to him, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was unhappy with the manner in which the Central government went about the exercise of the NRC. 
 
The data was gathered for NPR in 2010 and 2015, but now information about parents, including their dates of birth, domicile status, mother tongue, was being sought. These were troublesome for the minorities, added Basha.
 
The Cabinet opposed the NRC and the NPR at its meeting on March 4, and the present resolution passed by the Assembly is in reiteration of the government’s stand.
 
So, what is NRC?
 
The NRC is an official record of those who are legal Indian citizens. It includes demographic information about all those individuals who qualify as citizens of India as per the Citizenship Act, 1955. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India and since then it has not been updated until recently.
 
Why database only for Assam?
 
So far, this database has only been maintained and implemented for the State of Assam. This has been a state-specific exercise to keep its ethnic uniqueness unaltered. In 2013, Assam Public Works and Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha & Ors filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court demanding the deletion of illegal migrants' names from voter lists in Assam.
 
Will there be a nationwide NRC?
 
Ever since the implementation of the NRC in Assam, there has been a growing demand for its nationwide implementation. It effectively suggests bringing in a legislation that will enable the government to identify infiltrators who have been living in India illegally, detain them and deport them to where they came from.

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