Rajnath promises safe environment for NE students

Spl. Correspondent/Agencies NEW DELHI, SEP 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/8/2018 12:34:46 PM IST

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday assured a fresh batch of students of North East to Delhi of providing them safe environment with better opportunities.

“Glad to interact with the youth from North East India at the NE students’ festival in New Delhi. The youth from the North East are extremely talented and they have tremendous potential. The NDA government is working towards giving them a safe environment with better opportunities,” Rajnath tweeted.

Rajnath while welcoming the North East students, said that the Modi government was committed to increasing communication and linkage as well as mobility in the region. He said the Prime Minister had always emphasized on speedy development of North East region and stressed that “India can only develop when North East develops.”

Singh also assured that no Indian national would be excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Singh clarified that NRC was necessary to identify Indian citizens and weed out illegal immigrants.

Addressing an event organised by ‘My Home India’, an NGO founded by BJP leader Sunil Deodhar, Singh said: “It is absolutely necessary to know who are Indians and who are foreigners.”

The update of NRC, the massive Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam excluded over 40 lakh people from the draft list published on July 30, creating a huge political controversy. The exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state that borders Bangladesh was carried out in Assam following a decision in 2005 after a series of meetings between the central and state governments and the influential All Assam Students’ Union. 

Assam, which faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951. The current exercise, started in 2005 under the then Congress regime got a major push only after the BJP came to power in the state with illegal immigration from Bangladesh as a poll plank. 

When the NRC was first prepared in Assam way back in 1951, the state had 80 lakh citizens then.  As per 2011 census, Assam’s total population is over 3.11 crore. The process of identification of illegal immigrants in Assam has been widely debated and become a contentious issue in the state’s politics. 


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