NRCs issuance to Bengalis is in accordance with law: Union Minister

NAYPYITAW- Issuance of National Registration Cards (NRCs) to Bengalis with ethnic Kaman status had been carried out in accordance with the law, according to the Union Minister Thein Swe.

He replied so at the queries raised by media after a workshop on Job Opportunities, Minimum wages and Reform of Labour market held in Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

“After scrutinizing their citizenship status systematically, we issued the NRCs to the nationals. Concerning this case, Kaman National Party rejected the efforts and claimed that the nationals weren’t Kaman ethnics. The Immigration Ministry will be explaining that they had carried out the issuance of NRCs to Nationals in accordance with the law,” Immigration Minister Thein Swe.

The Rakhine State Parliament approved proposal on September 19th calling for government to scrutinize the issuance of NRCs to Bengalis living in Kyauknimaw village-tract, Ramree Township, Rakhine State, with ethnic Kaman status.

Issuance of NRCs with ethnic Kaman status had been carried out in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law. Most Kaman nationals live in Kyaukphyu, Ramree and Sittwe Townships, Rakhine State, according to the Union Minister.

“We are going to go over their citizenship claims again and to issue further NRCs in accordance with the law,” said Thein Swe.

In the past, Rakhinese, Chin and Kaman ethnics including other Muslims were residing in the Kyauknimaw village. Kaman nationals didn’t oppose issuing NRCs in accordance with the law but had complaint against issuing of NRCs to “fake citizens with Kaman ethnic status”, according to the Kaman nationals.

At present, 3,306 NRCs with ethnic Kaman tag have been issued.