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India to launch national register of citizens to check infiltration

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government will implement a national register of citizens on a priority basis in the states facing infiltration of foreign citizens illegally, President Ram Nath Kovind told lawmakers on Thursday.

"Foreigners entering India illegally are a great threat to internal security," Kovind said.

Authorities in the state of Assam are preparing a national register to verify people who entered the state illegally.

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar and Aftab Ahmed, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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