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States asked to cancel voter cards of illegal migrants
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, July 3 - In a fresh initiative, the Centre has instructed all the state governments to ensure that no Aadhaar cards are issued to illegal migrants and at the same time, cancel voter cards, driving licences and ration cards procured by them illegally.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha today that the ministry has issued instructions to the state governments advising them to ensure that no Aadhaar card is issued to illegal migrants.

“State governments have been further advised to cancel other state level identification documents fraudulently obtained by illegal migrants, including voter card, driving licence, ration card, etc., and initiate deportation proceedings as per provisions of law.

“The states have also been advised to share with the UIDAI the particulars of those illegal migrants who have wrongfully obtained Aadhaar cards for appropriate legal action,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the government would bring a Bill in Parliament to provide citizenship to “Hindus refugees” left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. Shah’s reply came after Trinamool Congress member Derek O’Brien raised the issue of the probability of 23 lakh Bengali Hindus losing citizenship when the final NRC is published by July 31 in Assam.

“I want to repeat our stand on the NRC. We want to stop infiltration and also push every single infiltrator out of the country. As far as Hindu refugees are concerned, we are bringing the Citizenship Amendment Bill to give them Indian citizenship,” Shah said.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech this month also mentioned that the NRC would be implemented on “priority basis in areas affected by infiltration”.

The Registrar General of India will publish the final NRC on July 31 which will exclude those who had illegally entered Assam from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971. The RGI on Monday extended by a month the publication of the final NRC.

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