NEW DELHI: Describing the process for preparation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam as ''fair'' and ''transparent'', Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said everyone will get chance to appeal against their non-inclusion in the list.
Replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the issue, the Home Minister said no coercive action will be taken against anyone in any situation and condemned attempts to create an atmosphere of fear.
“It is unfortunate that some people are working to unnecessarily create an environment of fear. There are efforts to disseminate wrong information. Some people with vested interests are spreading propaganda on social media so that the matter can be internationalized and leads to communal disharmony. All such efforts are anti-national and should be opposed,” said Singh.
Replying to concerns expressed by Opposition members during the discussion, the home minister said that all 40 lakh people whose names did not figure in the NRC would be given the opportunity to be included in it while filing claims.
“The whole exercise was carried out under the direction of the Supreme Court. The Central and state government is committed to including the names of Indian citizens and the entire exercise has been done in a fair and objective manner and there has been no discrimination against anyone,” said Singh.
On a statement by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that the issue could lead to “civil war and bloodbath”, the home minister, without taking her name, said that he was disappointed that people in responsible positions were making statements that could inflame people’s sentiments. “It is a matter of national security and it is expected that national interest is given top priority. I want to assure the house that peace, harmony and public order will be maintained and Central forces are assisting the state in maintaining law and order,” he said.
(with UNI inputs)