The NPR or National Population Register is a register of the usual residents of the country. It contains information collected at the local, district, state and national level under the provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship Rules, 2003.
A petition filed in the apex court on Monday questioned the need for preparing the National Population Register if the government has decided to abort the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise.
“When the Central Government has already taken a policy decision to not go ahead with the NRC, the preparation of the population register is nothing but a waste of time, energy and valuable resources of the nation.” Minor front, an NGO submitted in the court.
Now the NPR according to media reports would cost the exchequer a sum of Rs 3491 crore. in this economic scenario where the economic growth is slumping down would it be a wise decision to prepare the NPR when the government has no plans of creating a nationwide NRC?
The government states in its notice that the CAA cannot be seen in isolation but has to be seen chronologically with the steps to prepare the NPR and eventually a nationwide NRC. on July 31, 2019, the Union Ministry Of Home Affairs had issued the notification for the preparation of the NPR from April 2020 to September 2020 but exempted the state of Assam. According to the petitioners, this is another fact showing the link between NPR and proposed NRC, as Assam already has an NRC finalized.
When the government has decided to abort the NRC, would it be wise to spend such a large amount on the creation of an NPR with economic slowing down to an all-time low? is what the question is, and if there is no NRC then it leads to say that the creation of the NPR would be a waste.