Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar wants Assam-like citizens’ list in Haryana

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, on Sunday said that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be made in Haryana on similar lines like Assam.

CM Khattar was speaking to the media after meeting Justice (retired) H.S. Bhalla, former chairman of the Haryana Human Rights Commission. The Chief Minister also met former Admiral J.S. Lamba and Lt. Gen. Baljit Singh Jaiswal (retired) under the party’s ‘Maha Sampark Abhiyan’.

“Under this campaign, we met prominent citizens. We talked about steps for taking the country forward. I spoke to Justice Bhalla on the NRC exercise. He is going on a tour of Assam to study NRC data. His services would be useful for compiling the NRC in Haryana,” said Mr. Khattar.

He added that the government is working at a fast pace on the family identity card, and its data would be used in the NRC exercise.

The Chief Minister’s pitch for a citizens’ list is in line what Home Minister Amit Shah has long called for – a nationwide exercise, similar to NRC to root out illegal immigrants, particularly from Muslim-majority neighbouring nations.

The NRC list in Assam has left close to 20 lakh people stateless. Strangely, many BJP leaders are unhappy with the list after a chunk of Bengali Hindus and a majority of the party’s vote bank were left out.

The people whose names are left out now have to approach one of the 300 Foreign Tribunals within 120 days the publication to prove their citizenship. Those failing to prove their citizenship before these tribunals will be sent to detention camps that are being constructed about 150 km from Guwahati.

Source : Various