NRC in UP after initial survey: Yogi

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that a survey is being held to ascertain the quantum of illegal immigrants in the state.

“After the survey is complete, we will decide when to roll out the NRC-like exercise,” he told reporters.

During the recently-concluded Assembly polls, the Chief Minister had stated that UP may also take a cue from Assam in implementing the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

He had praised Union Home Minister Amit Shah over plans to implement NRC-like exercise across the country.

Sources in the home department have confirmed that a survey was underway by the police department for identifying illegal immigrants living in the state.

A letter from UP DGP O.P. Singh had been sent almost a month ago to all district police chiefs for carrying out a survey in their respective districts for identifying illegal Bangladeshi and other immigrants and to submit the report to the state home department.

Interestingly, the order to district police chiefs also carried a mention of Bangladeshi nationals living in the state illegally and then going off the radar.

The various district police heads were asked to scan the colonies near bus terminals and railways stations and to verify the credentials of the people living in those areas.

On August 31, the final NRC in Assam was released, leaving out 19 lakh people.

The process of NRC update was started in Assam following a Supreme Court order in 2013 and since then, the apex court has closely monitored the entire process. However, several political parties, including the BJP in the northeastern state, have voiced their dissatisfaction with the final document.