No Consensus Among Union Ministers Over NRC, NPR

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No Consensus Among Union Ministers Over NRC, NPR
People are out on the streets across the country against new laws brought in by the Central government. Amid this, there is no consensus among various union ministries over the NRC and the NPR. 

Moreover, the reports of Census India and the Home Ministry are the exact opposite of the statements made by Central ministers.

The report released by the Home Ministry for the past five years clearly states that NPR is the first step towards NRC. But Home Minister Amit Shah has categorically dismissed this. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has convened a meeting of state governments for discussions on the National Population Register (NPR).

The Central government is going to start the process of creating the NPR first, by making changes in chronology. But protests are being held even against NPR.

In this context, varying statements have been released by the Union Home Minister, the Law Minister and the Minister of Information and Broadcasting. 

Minister of Information and Broadcasting

On December 24, 2019, Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, called a press conference and said that the process of making the NPR will begin first. He said that no proof of any kind will be asked for NPR and it will have self-certification. 

Javadekar said further that it will not be necessary to provide biometric information for NPR. But according to the website of Census India, biometric data will be collected in making NPR.

Home Minister

Home Minister Amit Shah, while explaining the chronology, had said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will follow the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). But, in between, the government announced the creation of NPR and also allotted Rs 8,754 crore.

Nationwide protests against NPR began after this. It is being argued that NPR is the first step towards NRC. But refuting this logic, Home Minister Amit Shah had said that there is no connection between NPR and NRC.

Whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dismissed the remark made by Amit Shah in Parliament and said that there had been no mention at all of the word ‘NRC’ in the past five years.

Law Minister

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Law Minister, said in a newspaper interview that for the moment there has been no discussion on NRC. He said that NPR data may or may not be used in the exercise of formulating the NRC.

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