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NPR, first phase of Census likely to be deferred

Discussions are going on at the highest level of the government and in all probability, the NPR and house listing phase of the Census work will be deferred till the threat of the Coronavirus is over, a home ministry official said. The exercise to update NPR and the housing listing phase of the Census is scheduled to be carried out across the country from April 1 to September 30.

  • "No document is to be collected during the updation of NPR 2020," Rai, the Union Minister of State for Home, said replying to a written question. The NPR data will be collected along with the house-listing phase of the census to be conducted from April 1 to September 30.

    A resolution has been passed in Delhi Assembly against the implementation of the process of National Population Register (NPR) enumeration i...

    "Me, my wife, my entire cabinet don't have birth certificates to prove citizenship. Will we be sent to detention centres?" Kejriwal asked. The chief minister challenged Union ministers to show whether they had birth certificates issued by the government.

    “I am again repeating that no documents will be needed for NPR. All the information asked is optional. Nobody has to fear the process of NPR. There will be no D (doubtful) category,” Shah said.

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs stated that it recommends all states and Union territories should be fully convinced on various issues pertaining to NPR, which commences in April, to have a national consensus so that there is absolute clarity and no apprehension among people across the country.

    Disagreements seem to abound within the three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi government with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray saying on Tuesday that he saw no problems with the implementation of the National Population Register (NPR) in the state, although the other alliance partners think otherwise.

    In a statement, the home ministry said Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted in two phases -- house listing and housing census during April-September and population enumeration during February 9 to 28. The updating of NPR was also proposed to be done along with the Phase I of Census 2021 in all the states and union territories, except Assam.

    The first phase of Census and NPR is slated to be held from April to September. Many states are supposed to begin the process from April 1. According to home ministry officials, the dates for states which were scheduled to conduct the exercise may be rescheduled if restrictions imposed by the Centre and state governments till March 31 is extended.

    In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Patnaik said the state’s entire machinery was focused on containing the spread of COVID-19. Until Friday morning, Odisha had two positive cases.

    Thackeray’s statement is significant because he had earlier claimed that there were no issues with NPR. Sources told ET that the three parties in the coalition —Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress — held a co-ordination committee meeting on Sunday evening where the stand on the NPR was finalised.

    The house listing phase of the Census and updating of NPR will be rolled out simultaneously by mid-April in the BJP-ruled state. About 150,000 enumerators will handle the massive exercise.

    Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao moved the resolution in the assembly and it was adopted almost unanimously with just lone BJP Raja Singh Lodh protesting. Rao alleged CAA, NPR and NRC were ‘divisive’ and ‘endangered’ the integrity and safety of the census.

    Allaying fears over the National Population Register (NPR), Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said no citizen will be marked 'D' or 'doubt...

    "CAA and NRC are different and NPR is different. No one has to worry if CAA gets implemented. NRC is not there and will not be implemented in the state," Thackeray tweeted. NPR will happen in the state as there is nothing controversial about it, he said.

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