The Union Cabinet on Tuesday has approved the National Population Register (NPR) amidst a scuffle over the CAA and NRC. Which seeks to create a comprehensive identity database of every “usual resident” of the country and has been described as the first step towards conducting an all-India NRC. Funds to the tune of over Rs 8,500 crore is approved
Under the National Population Register from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020 a nationwide house-to-house census is being prepared to prepare a database of citizens.Its main goal is to create a database of comprehensive identity of common residents of the country. This data will also contain bio-metric information along with demographics.
The initiative to form NPR began in 2010 under the UPA government led by PM Manmohan Singh. Then work on it started before the 2011 census. Now the census is to be held again in 2021. In this case, work is also being started on NPR.
Prakash Javadekar also enumerated the benefits of NRP. He said that there will be three benefits from this. It will be easy to identify correct for all schemes like Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Money will reach the right and all the beneficiaries. At a cabinet briefing after Monday’s Cabinet meeting, union minister Prakash Javadekar looked to downplay concerns over the link with National Register of Citizens and said there is “no proposal at present to link it with NRC”.