Assam NRC: Supreme Court Refuses to Extend July 31, 2019 Deadline
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New Delhi, January 24: The Supreme Court has said that it will not extend July 31 deadline for publication of final Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) list. The top court was hearing a plea to extend the deadline for the publication of the list. The Court has now made it clear that it will not extend the July 31 deadline for publication of NRC. Citizenship Amendment Bill Debate: Govt Committed Towards NRC But Can’t Give Citizenship to Illegal Migrants, Says Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha.

The apex court on Thursday also ordered Assam Chief Secretary, State NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela, and Election Commission to meet within 7 days to decide how to conduct NRC verification hearings. The Court also said that the process for Lok Sabha elections may continue simultaneously.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 4, 2019 had promised the people of Assam that no Indian citizen will be left out of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) list. While addressing a rally in Silchar in Assam, the Prime Minister acknowledged that several people faced difficulties and were worried during the process and said, “It is due to your sacrifices and devotion that this decision has seen the light of the day.”

Prime Minister Modi also announced that the government is also working to get the Citizen Amendment Bill passed in the Parliament. “Citizenship bill not for anyone’s benefit, but a penance against the injustice done in past; hope it will be passed soon in Parliament,” the Prime Minister asserted.

He further stated that the government has decided to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord to safeguard the identity of the state. Stating that the government is committed to ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’, the Prime Minister said, “Assam is not just a state but is a vibrant society full of resources and prosperous culture.

The government is working towards preserving the Assamese culture, language and its resources, therefore, Assamese rights.” “Government has decided to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord which had been hanging for 30-35 years. This is a step towards safeguarding the social, cultural and linguistic identity of the state,” the Prime Minister stated.