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"Till Now...": Modi govt issues clarification on NRC, NPR in Parliament

The clarification came in response to a question in the Lok Sabha, regarding preparation of the NRC

Tuesday February 4, 2020 5:34 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

NRC NPR Clarification in Parliament

[Protests are raging against NRC ever since CAA was made a law and videos of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's infamous "CAA-NRC chronology" speeches delivered inside and outside the parliament went viral. (Photo: Twitter/@Nrcprotest)]

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, on Tuesday, clarified that the government has not taken any decision on preparing a National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The clarification came in response to a question in the Lok Sabha, regarding preparation of the NRC.

"Till now, there is no decision on the preparation of the NRC for Indian citizens at the national level," said the written reply.

The question was raised by MPs Chandan Singh and Nageshwar Rao.

Protests are raging against NRC ever since CAA was made a law and videos of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's infamous "CAA-NRC chronology" speeches delivered inside and outside the parliament went viral.

"We will first bring the CAA and give citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists. Later on, we will drive out all the ghus petyas", the minister is seen telling in a veiled reference to Muslims.

Critics also said that the National Population Register (NPR) is the first step of NRC. However, in written replies to questions on it, Nityanand Rai said that no document is to be collected during the exercise of updation of the NPR.

He stated that respondents are only expected to provide information true to the best of their knowledge and belief.

"Demographic and other particulars of each family and individual are to be updated/collected. No document is to be collected during the exercise; Aadhaar number is collected voluntarily", he said.

"Further, no verification is done to find individuals whose citizenship is doubtful, during the exercise." the minister replied.

The minister added that the Government is in discussion with the states having concerns with regard to the preparation of the NPR.

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