Govt to consult states on launch of Census, NPR exercise today1 min read . Updated: 17 Jan 2020, 12:26 AM IST
- While the NPR questionnaire is yet to be finalized, the need to furnish documents for this exercise will be optional
- Even as the dates for conducting the NPR exercise have been notified to the Registrar General of India, West Bengal and Kerala have put the exercise on hold
NEW DELHI : Senior officials of the central and state governments are to meet on Friday as the central government prepares to roll out the Census and National Population Register (NPR) exercises in the face of stiff opposition to the NPR by non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states.
Senior officials of the home ministry will meet chief secretaries of states and Census directors to take stock of the situation ahead of the roll-out, scheduled for April.
Even as the dates for conducting the NPR exercise have been notified to the Registrar General of India, West Bengal and Kerala have put the exercise on hold.
On Friday, minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai and Union home secretary A.K Bhalla will meet chief secretaries in Delhi to discuss the next Census and the NPR. However, uncertainties cloud the NPR documentation process.
While the NPR questionnaire is yet to be finalised, the option of presenting documents during the NPR exercise will be optional.
On Thursday, the Union home ministry reiterated that “no documents would be asked by the enumerators for the NPR exercise. If the respondents want to present documents for verification, they are free to do so. There would be no compulsion from the side of the enumerators."
On Wednesday, amid concerns expressed by opposition parties and non-BJP-ruled states, Union home minister Amit Shah also clarified that no documents will be asked or biometric taken by NPR enumerators.
West Bengal and Kerala have halted all work related to NPR temporarily, amid a furore over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The NPR is a register of usual residents of the country. It is being prepared at the local (village/sub-town), subdistrict, district, state and national levels under provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.