K’taka moots NRC to weed out aliens

First State From South To Pro­pose It Regis­trar gen­eral’s nod must for NRC

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Ben­galuru: The BJP gov­ern­ment in Kar­nataka has pro­posed in­tro­duc­ing the Na­tional Regis­ter of Cit­i­zens (NRC), thus be­com­ing the first state in south­ern In­dia to con­sider the con­tro­ver­sial move to weed out il­le­gal im­mi­grants. Af­ter As­sam re­leased its NRC list in Au­gust, Ut­tar Pradesh, Jhark­hand, Haryana and Ut­tarak­hand have also pitched for NRC.

“We (the state gov­ern­ment) have started the pre­lim­i­nary ex­er­cise to pre­pare the grounds to in­tro­duce NRC in Kar­nataka by col­lect­ing all nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion. Af­ter this, we’ll dis­cuss it (NRC) with Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah and take a fi­nal call within a week or two,” home min­is­ter Basavaraj Bommai told re­porters on Thurs­day.

Af­ter a cou­ple of rounds of meet­ing over the past few weeks, Bommai said he has asked po­lice to pre­pare a data­base of il­le­gal im­mi­grants in the state. State home de­partWhile

Kar­nataka home min­is­ter Basavraj Bommai has in­di­cated his gov­ern­ment’s plans to un­der­take an NRC ex­er­cise in the south­ern state, the Cit­i­zen­ship Rules man­date prepa­ra­tion of a Na­tional Regis­ter of In­dian Cit­i­zens (NRIC) only un­der the author­ity of Regis­trar Gen­eral of In­dia, an of­fice that falls within ju­ris­dic­tion of the Union home min­istry. Even in As­sam, the NRC was pre­pared as per a di­rec­tion of the Supreme Court but the no­ti­fi­ca­tion for the same was is­sued by the Regis­trar Gen­eral of In­dia. All sub­se­quent no­ti­fi­ca­tions re­lat­ing to NRC also came from the Of­fice of RGI. Cit­i­zen­ship (Reg­is­tra­tion of Cit­i­zens and Is­sue of Na­tional Iden­tity Cards) Rules en­trust the job of es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing the NRIC to Regis­trar Gen­eral of Cit­i­zen Reg­is­tra­tion, an of­fice held by the RGI. The de­tails to be in­cluded in the NRIC are to be spec­i­fied by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, in con­sul­ta­tion with the RGI. “While the state gov­ern­ments have pow­ers to de­tect and de­port for­eign­ers un­der the For­eign­ers Act, NRIC can only be im­ple­mented by RGI af­ter the cen­tral gov­ern­ment gives the go-ahead,” said a home min­istry of­fi­cial.

ment sources said po­lice is al­ready on the job. The min­is­ter said Kar­nataka is one of the states in which a lot of peo­ple from across the bor­der are in­fil­trat­ing and set­tling down. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, the il­le­gal im­mi­grants are largely con­cen­trated in Ben­galuru and Mal­nad dis­tricts of Kodagu and Chikka­m­a­galuru, where they mostly work in cof­fee es­tates.

In July, Ben­galuru South BJP MP Te­jasvi Surya had asked the Cen­tre and the home min­is­ter in the LS to ex


tend the NRC to Kar­nataka in or­der to weed out il­le­gal Bangladesh­i set­tlers, al­leg­ing “they posed a se­ri­ous se­cu­rity threat”. Surya also claimed in the House that then CM H D Kumaraswam­y had him­self ad­mit­ted that there are more than 40,000 il­le­gal Bangladesh­i im­mi­grants in Ben­galuru alone. “They have taken up jobs il­le­gally, pro­cured Aad­haar cards and voter iden­tity cards with the help of state gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties. They are now pos­ing a se­cu­rity threat,” Surya said.

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