Keeping the NRC excluded in detention camps is not a 'great idea': Himanta Biswa Sarma

KOLKATA: The minister said Friday that keeping people, whose names have been excluded from the NRC in the state, in detention camps is not a great idea.

He said the proposal to keep people in those fields is not the result of the executive thought process but of the superior court of Guwahati.

The idea of ​​keeping those whose names are not on the NRC list in the detention camps is not great, Sarma said while speaking at the 'India Today Conclave East' here.

The state finance minister said those excluded from the National Citizens Registry (NRC) could still stay and work in Assam with a permit and will be able to do so until Bangladesh or Pakistan returns them.

In the past, Sarma had publicly rejected the NRC in Assam, claiming that thousands of Hindus who are genuine citizens of the country have been left off the list.

On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, he said it was a different issue than the NRC. But for Assam, it's a combined package. Probably for West too.

The main leader of BJP said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the NRC are a commitment to the nation.

We cannot allow Assam and West Bengal to be taken by economic infiltrators, he added.

We want India to be safe and secure. And for that purpose, some price must be paid, he said.