19/07/2019 11:40 AM IST

'India Can't Be Refugee Capital Of The World': Centre Asks SC To Extend Assam NRC Deadline

The deadline for finalisation of National Register of Citizens is 31 July.

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Assam State National Register of Citizens (NRC) officials check documents.

NEW DELHI — The Centre and the Assam government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of the 31 July deadline for finalisation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). 

The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that India cannot be the refugee capital of the world.

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The union and state government also sought sample verification of the citizens included in the NRC, saying lakhs of people have been wrongly included in areas bordering Bangladesh due to involvement of local officers.

The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of 31 December, 2017 and 1 January, 2018 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.