Aligning with the Centre's move against infiltrators, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind General secretary Mahmood Madani, on Thursday endorsed the Centre's NRC implementation while addressing a press briefing in New Delhi. He also added that this was the method to weed out infiltrators. He also demanded a nation-wide NRC. NRC has currently been implemented only in Assam, though calls for nation-wide NRC are growing louder.
"I feel like demanding NRC in every state. We will come to know that how many infiltrators are there. Those who are genuine citizens of the nation are often questioned. I have no issue in the implementation," he said. Meanwhile many in the Opposition have called the NRC a botched up plan. The Centre has assured legal aid for those excluded from the final NRC.
Previously on August 31, the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator's office released the final NRC list. 3,11,21,004 Assam residents had been found eligible, while 19,06,657 Assam residents had been found ineligible. The exclusion includes the number of people who did not submit their papers to the NRC authorities. The 19 lakh exclusion is a major decrease from the over 40 lakh excluded in the second draft published on July 2018.
The NRC was first prepared in 1951 under the purview of the Census Act, 1948. An updation process was started in 2013 and ended with the receipt of forms by the NRC authorities on 31 August 2015. The process aimed at separating genuine Indian citizens from undocumented immigrants living in Assam. As per NRC terms, a resident has to prove that they or their ancestors entered Assam before midnight on March 24, 1971. Falure to do so, will not result in deportation, as confirmed by the Centre.
Earlier in the day, the General Council of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind had backed the parliament's move to abrogate Article 370. In a resolution passed by the body on Thursday at its headquarters in New Delhi, it states that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Madani had stated hat Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind can never support any separatist movement as such movements harm India and Kashmir. It has also reiterated its belief in India's unity and integrity.
The resolution further states that they are mindful of Kashmir's demand for preserving its identity. It further states that Pakistan is bent on destroying Kashmir. The resolution has said that Pakistan has used Kashmir as its battlefield and its citizens a shield. The resolution calls for peaceful resolution of the issue, keeping in view the repercussions of clash of atomic powers.