National Register of Citizens likely to be implemented in Odisha’s Kendrapara

Kendrapara: With the publication of the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, another list is likely to be prepared for Kendrapara district in Odisha for which the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has written a letter to the Registrar General of India.

The letter has been written based on the report given by amicus curiae Mohit Agarwal appointed by the Orissa High Court. Last year, in November, Agarwal had submitted his report before the court for publication of NRC list in Kendrapara.

Later, the High Court had asked both the state government and Centre to take steps on the basis of the report and form a committee led by the Additional Chief Secretary of Forest and Environment Department.

As per the recommendations given by the amicus curiae, the committee has to take immediate steps for publication of NRC.

On March 28, 2016, CM Naveen Patnaik had informed the State Assembly that the population of Bangladeshi immigrants in Odisha was 3,837, but Opposition parties had claimed that there are more than 10 lakh such immigrants in the State.