The Union Home Ministry has announced a meeting on Friday to discuss the modalities for the 2020 Census and the National Population Register (NPR), to be carried between April to September.
The meeting, which will be chaired by Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai, will discuss the modalities for the house-listing phase of the census and the NPR.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and chief secretaries and census directors of all states will attend the meeting, according to the Home Ministry.
However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that representatives from her state will not attend the meeting and the state will not participate in the NPR exercise now as it is a prelude to a countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC), according to reports.
The house-listing census and NPR exercise will be carried out from April 1 and September 30, 2020 in all states and union territories. Assam, however, has been excluded from the NPR exercise as the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise has already been conducted in the state.
According to the ministry, the Union Cabinet has approved Rs 3,941.35 crore for the NPR exercise.
The objectives of NPR
NPR exercise is conducted to maintain a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident, including demographic as well as biometric particulars, in India. It seeks to register every Indian citizen for the purpose of issuing national identity card. The NPR registration is being prepared at the local (village/sub-town), sub-district, 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. Those violating the rules will have to provide a fine of up to Rs 1,000.
Who is a usual resident?
A usual resident is one who has resided in a local area for at least six months or more, or a person who intends to reside in the area for the next six months. A usual resident is required to provide his or her name, relationship to head of household, father’s name, mother’s name, spouse’s name (if married), sex, date of birth, marital status, place of birth, nationality (as declared), present address of usual residence, duration of stay at present address, permanent residential address, occupation and educational qualification.