K’taka moots NRC to weed out aliens
First State From South To Propose It Registrar general’s nod must for NRC
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.