NEW DELHI, Nov 19 - The controversy surrounding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) refuses to die down, with the Assam Congress on Tuesday demanding issue of identity cards to those included in the NRC final list by the government.
A 13-member delegation of the Assam Congress led by Rakibul Hussain and Ajanta Neog called on Registrar General of India (RGI) and Census Commissioner of India Dr Vivek Joshi and submitted a memorandum with their charter of demands.
Talking to this newspaper later, Hussain said they have also demanded that those who have been left out of the NRC but are genuine Indian citizens should be included in the NRC. The delegation also demanded that those who entered the State after the cut-off date of 1971 should be detected and deported. “Since, the RGI is the final authority under whom the NRC exercise was conducted, we approached him,” Hussain said.
“The RGI should issue national identity cards to the persons whose names are included in the final NRC published on August 31 as per Rule 13 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003,” he added.