Mumbai: Despite nationwide opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), the Union Home Ministry has issued a notification to collect information under the NPR from May 1 to June 15. Maharashtra government has also decided to roll out National Population Register from May 1. This announcement means that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has overruled the objection by the Congress.
The Congress has already made it clear that it will not support this law of the Central Government. State Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant in Maharashtra has said that the Congress is protesting against the provisions of the National Population Register (NPR). In this regard, the Congress minister will talk to the Uddhav government of the state. On the other hand, Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai has said that Uddhav saheb has clearly stated that if the NPR is the same as the census, then it does not matter because the census is done every 10 years.
Implementing NPR in Maharashtra will not be easy for Uddhav Thackeray government. In Maharashtra, there is a Maha Vikas Aghadi of Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP. Congress has been openly opposing CAA, NRC and NPR since the beginning. The NCP has not yet clarified its stand in this matter. Significantly, the Registrar General and Census Commissioner under the Union Home Ministry has decided to implement NPR to update the population list from April to September across the country. For this, a notification was issued on 7th January.