Documents will not be requested or biometric data will be taken for NPR, clarifies the home ministry | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid concerns expressed by opposition parties and states like West Bengal in the National Population Registry (NPR), the Interior Ministry said Wednesday that no documents will be requested or biometric data will be taken while updating the registry.
A form containing questions will soon be completed as part of the NPR exercise, ministry officials said.
They said “documents will not be requested” and “biometric data will not be taken” during the exercise.
However, the information available on the website of the office of the Registrar General and the Commissioner of the Census, the NPR database would contain demographic and biometric details.
“The objective of the NPR is to create a comprehensive identity database for each habitual resident in the country. The database would contain demographic and biometric data,” he said.
Meanwhile, West Bengal and Kerala have put the work related to the NPR update “on hold” for the moment in the midst of the furor over the contentious Citizens Amendment Act (CAA).
Ministry officials said that most states have notified provisions related to the NPR.
The NPR is a registry of habitual residents of the country. It is being prepared at the local level (town / sub-city), sub-district, district, state and national in accordance with the provisions of the Citizenship Act of 1955 and the Rules of citizenship (registration of citizens and issuance of national identity cards) of 2003.
The rules have a fine provision of up to Rs 1,000 for those who violate it.
The data for NPR was collected for the last time in 2010 together with the listing phase of the 2011 Census. The updating of these data was carried out during 2015 through a door-to-door survey.
While updating the registry in 2015, the government requested details such as Aadhaar and the mobile phone number.
This time, information related to the driver’s license and voter identification card can also be collected, officials said, adding that the details of the PAN card will not be collected as part of this exercise.
For the purposes of the NPR, a habitual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for the past six months or more, or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months. The law necessarily seeks to register all citizens of India and issue a national identity card.
The NPR exercise will take place between April and September 2020 in all states and UT, except Assam, along with the listing phase of the house of the census exercise.
Assam has been excluded because the exercise of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) has already been carried out in the state.
The demographic details of each individual are required for each habitual resident: name, relationship with the head of the family, name of the father, name of the mother, name of the spouse (if married), sex, date of birth, marital status, place of birth, nationality (as declared), current residence of habitual residence, duration of stay in the current address, permanent residential address, occupation, educational qualification.
The Union Cabinet has approved Rs 3,941.35 crore for the NPR exercise.


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