New Delhi , Dec 24 :The Union Cabinet, today approved a proposal to update the National Population Register (NPR). The cabinet approved over Rs 8, 500 crore for the process, according to PTI.
The NPR, meant to be updated from April 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020, is a list of “usual residents” of the country. A “usual resident” is defined for the purposes of NPR as a person who has resided in a local area for the past six months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months or more. The data for National Population Register was collected in 2010 along with the house-listing phase of Census of India 2011.
The updation of this data was done during 2015 by conducting door to door survey. The digitisation of the updated information has been completed. Now it has been decided to update the National Population Register along with the Houselisting phase of Census 2021 during April to September 2020 in all the states/UTs except Assam, according to the website of the Office of the Registrar General, and Census Commissioner.
After the Citizenship(Amendment) Act came into place, West Bengal and Kerala halted works ongoing works on the NPR. “After considering the concerns raised in the wake of the 2019 amendment in the Citizenship Act, the state government has decided not to cooperate with the process to update the NPR to facilitate the preparation of the NRC,” the office of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement last week.
“No activity regarding NPR may be taken up without prior clearance from the government of West Bengal. The order is issued in the interest of public order,” it said.
The decision came amid violent protests in parts of West Bengal over the amended Citizenship Act and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee making it clear the law and the proposed NRC will not be implemented in the state.
(With PTI inputs)