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NPR, Census 2021 first phase postponed

NPR and Census first phase, both the exercise, were supposed to be carried out from April 1 to September 30

Tuesday March 24, 2020 11:09 PM, ummdic.com with inputs from Agencies

NPR Postponed

New Delhi: The exercise to update the National Population Register (NPR) and the first phase of the Census 2021 will not be held as scheduled due to the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said on Tuesday.

Both the exercise is supposed to be carried out from April 1 to September 30.

Due to the prevailing situation, the NPR and Census exercises have been deferred till further orders, PTI reported citing a senior home ministry official.

The NPR exercise is postponed because of Coronavirus. The postponement however is a relief for Modi government as more than 10 Indian states had earlier announced not to permit the NPR exercise untill the new format is amended as per the one used in 2010.

There have been huge outrage and protests across India against NPR - considered as the first stage of National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizen Amendment Act (CAA).

The NPR is also deferred on the day when protest against CAA, NRC and NPR, which started on December 15, 2020 and continued for 101 days, was ended by police because of the lockdown in Delhi.

India announced 21-day lockdown starting tonight to combat Coronavirus which has infected more than 550 people and taken at least 10 deaths.

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