Responding to news about the National Population Register (NPR), AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi Monday said that the anti-CAA-NPR-NRC movement will restart if NPR starts.
“NPR-NRC is an extreme burden on people and states and serves no public interest. Our anti-CAA-NPR-NRC movement will restart if NPR starts. States should also take a clear stand, they cannot cop out by asking for old NPR questionnaire. They must oppose all 3: CAA, NPR, NRC,” Owaisi tweeted.
Owaisi was responding to a The Hindu news report which says that the Centre will allow residents to fill columns in the NPR forms on their own through online mode, a month before door-to-door enumeration by Census officials starts.
Owaisi said that the government denies that documents are required for NPR-NRC but NPR manual says documents may be demanded.
“2019 NPR pre-test had questions that serve only 1 purpose: determining citizenship. In public PM Modi says NRC has not been discussed but in court MHA says that it’s necessary,” Hyderabad MP accused.
According to The Hindu report, there will be a three-pronged approach for updating the NPR database — self updating, wherein it is proposed to allow residents to update their own data fields after following some authentication protocols in a web portal; updating of NPR data in paper format; and mobile mode.
It also said The Registrar General of India (RGI) is presently conducting field trials of the first phase of the Census and the NPR through the mobile application in one block each, comprising 50-60 households, in all the States and Union Territories.
The NPR’s connection with the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 has been opposed by the country’s largest religious minority Muslims, many civil society groups and more than 7 States ruled by Opposition parties. Critics say the new policies and actions discriminate against Muslims and undermine India’s secular constitution.