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No detention centres under CAA, NRC: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, Mar 17: The centre on Wednesday said there is no provision of detention centres under the Citizenship Act 1955 and the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRC).

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"Detention centres are set up by the state governments and UT administrations as per their local requirements to detain illegal immigrants and foreigners, some of whom may have completed their sentence and their deportation to their native country may be pending for want of proper travel documents," Minister of State for Home Affairs (MHA) Nityanand Rai said in a written reply.

''Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens at the national level,'' Rai said in a written reply.

The NRC was updated in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court. When the final NRC was published on August 31, 2019, a total of 19.06 lakh people were excluded out of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants, which created a ripple across India.

The NRC is an Assam-specific data of bonafide Indian citizens living in the state. Replying to another question, Rai said there is no provision of detention centres under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the National Register of Indian Citizens.

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    He said the Supreme Court on February 28, 2012 had directed that foreign nationals who completed their sentence shall be released from jail immediately and be kept in an appropriate place with restricted movement pending their deportation or repatriation.

    Following that directive, Rai said, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued instructions on March 7, 2012 to state governments and UT administrations to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court.

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