Home Ministry exploring possibilities of expanding NRC scope across country

During his speech in the Lok Sabha, BJP MP from Karnataka Tejaswi Surya called upon the government to extend the scope of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to his state also where there were a large number illegal immigrants, especially in Bengaluru. Appreciating his speech, BJP leader from Odisha Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda said his state also has a large number of illegal immigrants.

There are reports that the Home Ministry is mulling over expanding its scope across the country in a bid to identify illegal immigrants for deportation. According to experts, an amendment in the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964, issued by the central government on May 30 paves the way for expanding the scope of NRC beyond.

When implemented, even a district collector can set up tribunals to identify people who are living illegally in India.

The government would deport illegal immigrants from “every inch of the country’s soil”, Shah said in the House.

The Supreme Court had asked the Centre and the Assam government to publish the list by July 31 but both the governments have sought more time to do so, citing the need for “sample re-verification” in areas bordering Bangladesh.