New Delhi: CAA and NRC issue have raged across the country. Fierce protests are taking place from North East to Gujarat and Punjab to Kerala. News of violence is coming up in many places. Section 144 has been implemented in some areas. Meanwhile, the Modi government is planning to move beyond the CAA and NRC to bring in the National Population Register (NPR). The survey will be conducted in April.
The Union Home Ministry has demanded Rs 3,941 crore from the Cabinet for NPR (National Population Register). The purpose of which is to create a comprehensive identity database of the citizens of the country. The data will also provide biometric information along with the population census.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has put a stop to the ongoing work on NPR in her state. The government has also ordered a stay on all activities in connection with the National Population Register (NPR) in the state considering ‘apprehensions’ of the public that it would lead to NRC in the wake of the controversial citizenship act.
The census was first performed in 1951 after independence. According to the census every 10 years, there have been seven census so far. The 2021 census is also vigorous. Which can take up to 3 years to prepare. In the first phase of the three-phase process, i.e from April 2020 to September 30, the central and state government personnel will be collecting data from house to house. The second phase will be completed in 2021 between 9 February and 28 February, while the research process will be completed between March 1 to March 5.
What is NPR?
This is a document of the citizens of the country and is made at the local, taluka, district, state and national level under the provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955. Any resident who has been staying for 6 months or more, must register in NPR. The government launched it from 2010 to deploy a database of citizens identities. The government had introduced it in 2016.