Will identify, deport illegal immigrants from every inch of India, says Amit Shah

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WION Web Team Delhi Jul 17, 2019, 05.05 PM (IST)

Union Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the government is determined to identify all the illegal immigrants and infiltrators living on every inch of this country and deport them as per the international law.

Responding to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan in the Rajya Sabha, Shah said: "It is a very good question. The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP's) election manifesto based on which the government has came to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country's soil and will deport them as per international law." 

On Tuesday, the government said that it has adopted a multi-pronged approach to ensure effective surveillance and domination of international borders to check infiltration of illegal immigrants.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a written reply to Parvesh Sahib Singh in Lok Sabha said that physical infrastructure like border fencing, floodlighting, construction of border roads and establishment of border outposts have been created.

Currently, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated under the direct monitoring of the Supreme Court. The apex court has fixed July 31 as the deadline for finalisation of the NRC in Assam.

The NRC aims to separate "genuine" citizens from "illegal immigrants". The government has maintained that its intention is to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC and no genuine citizen is left out of it.

(With inputs from agencies)

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The government has maintained that its intention is to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC and no genuine citizen is left out of it.