Assam assembly resolution on NRC

Guwahati, Mar 17 (PTI) The Assam assembly today passed a resolution fixing March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date for updating the National Registrar of Citizen (NRC).

Taking up the resolution in the House, Minister for Assam Accord Implementation Bhumidhar Barma said there was a consensus to fix March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date and the base year for updating the NRC.

The NRC issue had become controversial with several Muslim parties opposing 1971 as the base year and demanding that the cut-off date be 1966.

The minister said down the years a consensus was arrived at and the government was in favour of passing a resolution to end the stalemate and hasten the process of preparing the NRC which will have the names of 'genuine' citizens.

BJP member Mission Ranjan Das demanded protection for the Hindu refugees who had fled from Bangladesh prior to 1971 and were staying in the country.