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No specific date fixed for completion: Centre

By Spl correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov 29 - The Centre today clarified that it has not fixed any specific date for finishing the verification process of applications and documents for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Sushmita Dev, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Aahir said that the verification of supporting documents submitted by NRC applicants, both within and outside Assam, is under progress.

The effect of Citizenship Act on NRC will depend on the exact provisions of the Amended Act, the Minister said, thereby clarifying for the first time that proposed Act may supersede the NRC.

�This (NRC) will be dealt with under the provisions of relevant acts applicable at the relevant time,� he further added.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is now likely to be tabled for passage towards the later part of the Budget Session, as Lok Sabha has approved extension of the time for submission of Reports sought by the Joint Parliamentary Committee to the Budget Session of the Parliament.

The Satyapal Singh Committee is expected to travel to Assam and meet a cross-section of people to assess the ground reality.

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No specific date fixed for completion: Centre

NEW DELHI, Nov 29 - The Centre today clarified that it has not fixed any specific date for finishing the verification process of applications and documents for updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Sushmita Dev, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Aahir said that the verification of supporting documents submitted by NRC applicants, both within and outside Assam, is under progress.

The effect of Citizenship Act on NRC will depend on the exact provisions of the Amended Act, the Minister said, thereby clarifying for the first time that proposed Act may supersede the NRC.

�This (NRC) will be dealt with under the provisions of relevant acts applicable at the relevant time,� he further added.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is now likely to be tabled for passage towards the later part of the Budget Session, as Lok Sabha has approved extension of the time for submission of Reports sought by the Joint Parliamentary Committee to the Budget Session of the Parliament.

The Satyapal Singh Committee is expected to travel to Assam and meet a cross-section of people to assess the ground reality.