As per government sources, the census officers assigned to collect a citizen’s data for the National Population Register (NPR) will not ask for any documents to verify the details that they provide. The development comes amidst ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizen (NRC) and NPR.
The last data for NPR, which is intended to be a database of every resident in the country, was collected in 2010 and updated in 2015. The next phase of NPR is to coincide with the census exercise between April to September 2020.
The data for 2021 census will be collected in two phases. The First phase will be collecting House Listing and Housing Census from April to September 2020 and second, Population Enumeration from February 9 to February 28, 2021.
You would be asked as many as 21 questions like your father’s and mother’s place of birth along with information like Voter ID card, mobile phone and driving license numbers.
The people are protesting against NPR because they think a combination of NPR, CAA and NRC is lethal for the minorities in the countries, especially Muslims. People believe that NPR could be used as a foundation tool for the NRC, which aims to identify the illegal migrants in the country.
If NRC is conducted, anyone – excluding persecuted non-Muslims communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – who had illegally entered India before 31 December 2014 will be termed as illegal migrants.
Some states like West Bengal have halted the NPR work, alleging that it’s the first step towards the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
However, Home Minister Amit shah refuting any such claims has said NPR data will not be used for NRC and there are no talks about NRC as of yet.