NO DECISION YET ON NATIONWIDE NRC, MINISTER TELLS PARLIAMENT
Context: The government informed the Lok Sabha that till now it “has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Citizens (NRC) at the national level.”
- The minister said the government is in discussion with the States having concerns in regard to the preparation of National Population Register (NPR).
- He said in a written reply that “during the exercise of updation of NPR, no verification is done to find individuals whose citizenship is doubtful.
- Several Opposition-ruled States have vociferously opposed the NPR, slated to begin from April 1 onwards along with the decennial Census.
- According to the Citizenship Rules, 2003, the NPR is the first step towards the compilation of the NRC.
- The NPR is a register of the usual residents of the country
- Population Register is a register containing details of persons usually residing in a village or rural area or town or ward or demarcated area within a ward in a town or urban area.
- NPR was first prepared in 2010 and [was] updated in 2015.
- In pursuance of Sub-rule (4) of Rule 3 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, framed under the Citizenship Act, 1955, Central Government decided to prepare and update the population register during April to September, 2020, throughout the country except Assam for collection of information relating to all persons usually residing in village or town.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS (NRC)
- The National Register of Citizens(NRC) is a register of all Indian citizens whose creation is mandated by the 2003 amendment of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
- Its purpose is to document all the legal citizens of India so that the illegal migrants can be identified and deported.
- It has been implemented for the state of Assam starting in 2013–2014.
- The Government of Indiaplans to implement it for the rest of the country in 2021