The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to the “National Population Register”(NPR). At a time when the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizen (NRC) have created confusion and triggered protests, NPR can be like a fuel to the fire.
While most of you might have got a fair bit of idea about CAA (At least if you use Social Media) and NRC (From the crisis in Assam) NPR might come as a new kind of thing all of a sudden for you.
Questions like whether NPR is different from NRC? Are the two related? might be popping up in your mind. Don’t bother yourself anymore. Here we have bought an answer to all such queries. Read it out.
What Is NPR?
National Population Register aka NPR is a process of preparing and updating the Population Register (PR) of the citizens of the country. The NPR requires fieldwork to be done for house-to-house calculations across the country.
Under the process, information would be collected from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020 about all the people living under the purview of the local registrar.
Is There Any Relation Between NPR And NRC?
Yes, the NRP and NRC have a relation between them. As per gazetted notification of government of India dated July 31, 2019, the process of preparing a National Register of Citizens (NRC) has started across the country.
This notification states: ‘As per sub-rule 4 of Rule 3 of Citizenship Rules 2003 (Registration of Citizens and Issues of National Identity Cards), it has been decided to prepare and update the Population Register (PR). Thus, NPR is a first step towards NRC.
Is It Related To CAA?
No, the CAA is for those who want to gain the citizenship of India. The CAA is framed to give Indian Citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian foreigners, who have migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan into India up to 31.12.2014.
While the NRC and NPR is for Indian citizens who are residing in India. Indian citizens have not been covered under the ambit of CAA.
Credits: Aaj Tak