NEW DELHI : In a bid to calm fears, the Home Minister Amit Shah, in a televised interview said there exists no link between National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the upcoming National Population Register (NPR) updation. Incidentally, the clarification follows Kerala and West Bengal’s refusals to carry out NPR or NRC in their states.
The NPR is aimed to identify the right beneficiary so as to streamline government’s development efforts and schemes, Shah said. Govt programmes are based on the people listed in the NPR, he added.
Interestingly; Shah’s attempt, to clarify the next survey, comes amidst raging protests across the country against NRC in conjunction with CAA which is estimated to render approx 2 million minorities stateless.
The Union Cabinet had lend its nod last week for unpdation of National Population Register (NPR) with no requirement by people to submit any document or biometrics to prove ther identity.
NPR is a register of residents who have lived in the past six months in the country. The list is prepared at local(village/sub town), sub-district, district, state and national level under the provisions of Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship(Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, which was subsequently updated in 2015 by seeding it with Aadhaar.