Centre not to detain children left out of Assam NRC

Government clarifies in Lok Sabha.

February 11, 2020 03:31 pm | Updated June 19, 2020 06:26 pm IST - New Delhi

A detention centre under construction in Goalpara district of Assam.

A detention centre under construction in Goalpara district of Assam.

The government has decided not to send to detention children who were excluded from the NRC in Assam but whose parents were included, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityananda Rai said the approved standard operating procedures for disposal of claims and objections had a specific provision for children left out of the NRC, while their parents had been included.

“The Attorney-General stated on January 6, 2020, before the Supreme Court that the children of parents included in the NRC, Assam, will not be separated from their parents and sent to a detention centre, pending decision on the application,” he said in a written reply to a question.

The NRC was carried out in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court, and around 19 lakh people were left out of the final list published in August 2019. Those excluded could challenge the decision before the Foreigners’ Tribunals. The State NRC Coordinator is yet to issue certified copies of exclusion to the applicants and the process of challenging the order is yet to begin.

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