New Delhi, Aug. 23: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to finalise within eight months the modalities of upgrading the national register of citizens (NRC) in Assam.
The register is a record of residents and will help check illegal migrants in the state that borders Bangladesh.
Additional solicitor-general Rakesh Khanna, who represented the Centre, and Assam government counsel Jaideep Gupta gave the court undertakings that they would try and complete the job within the time frame. The matter was then posted for further hearing on October 18.
Khanna said the Centre had in principle accepted the modalities suggested by the state government on making entries in the NRC.
According to the Centre, a meeting was held early this month with the Registrar-General of India — part of the Union home ministry — and state officials to finalise the modalities and the time required for the job that involves developing software and selecting vendors for data entry. These are to be done by the state.
The court was hearing two PILs seeking quashing of a section in the citizenship act. The petitions, filed by two Assam NGOs, claim that Section 6A of the act is unconstitutional as it permits entry of foreigners into Assam till March 25, 1971 while the cut-off date under the Constitution is July 19,1949, for the rest of the country.