Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday welcomed the Centre’s decision to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process across the country and said the exercise will permanently settle issues related to infiltration and anti-national elements. Rawat said the exercise is very important for states like Uttarakhand that are on border.
The chief minister made this remark after Union Home Minister Amit Shah told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the process of NRC will be carried out across the country and no one, irrespective of their religion, should be worried.
“Implementing NRC across the country is a good step. Uttarakhand has open international borders. So, NRC acquires more importance here and in other border states,” Rawat told reporters.
“Implementation of NRC will permanently settle issues related to infiltration and anti-national elements,” he said.
The NRC exercise was first carried out in Assam following the order of the Supreme Court orders.
The final NRC list, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was released on August 31. Of the 3,30,27,661 people who had applied to be included in the NRC, the list excluded names of over 19 lakh.
With PTI Inputs