Mizoram’s NRC-like Bill AIZAWL, Feb 21: The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019, which seeks to identify illegal immigrants and genuine residents of the State, is pending with the Centre for approval, Chief Minister Zoramthanga told the Assembly today. Zoramthanga said the State Government would continue to make efforts to ensure that the Bill receives the Centre’s consent. 

“The Bill is with the Centre and is yet to be approved,” he told the House. The Bill has been awaiting clearance by the Centre for about a year after it was passed by the Mizoram Assembly on March 18, 2019. The NRC-like Bill was then sent for assent of the State Governor, who referred it to the Centre as it involves detection of illegal immigrants, a subject under the Centre’s jurisdiction, an official said. 

While introducing the Bill, Zoramthanga had said its enactment would help the State Government identify illegal immigrants and genuine residents. He had said that influx into the State through its porous borders has been a matter of serious concern. He underscored the need for a comprehensive database of all residents of the State, in villages or towns, permanent or temporary, for updating it. – PTI 

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