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Citizen register updation

New Delhi, Aug. 20: The Supreme Court today gave the Centre and the Assam government three years to complete updation of the National Register of Citizens, which will help weed out illegal migrants from the state.

The register is the legal database of all Indian citizens. The updation of the National Register of Citizens, 1951, has been a long-standing demand of various NGOs in Assam.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R.K. Agrawal passed the order based on an earlier assurance by the Centre and Assam that Rs 288 crore had been sanctioned for the process, which was expected to be completed in three years.

Justice Gogoi said efforts could be made to finish the task “even earlier”. The court asked the nodal officer of the Assam government to be present in court on September 23 to explain the modalities to be adopted to complete the exercise in a phased manner.

The updation notification was issued by the Centre in December 2013.