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No decision on countrywide NRC roll-out

By The Assam Tribune
No decision on countrywide NRC roll-out

New Delhi, Feb 2 :The Centre has not taken any decision on the roll-out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the whole country, the Ministry of Home Affairs has told a Parliamentary panel.

“It has been clarified at various levels in government time and again that till now no decision has been taken to create National Register of Indian citizen,” the Ministry told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs headed by Congress leader Anand Sharma, according to a report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

The update of the NRC was carried out in Assam to identify bona fide Indian citizens living in the state but the initiative had created a nationwide uproar.

There were statements by several BJP leaders seeking a nationwide roll-out of the NRC.

The Parliamentary committee had earlier observed that there is a lot of dissatisfaction and fear among the people regarding the National Population Register (NPR) and census.

In the action taken by the government on the committee recommendations with regard to the issue of fears associated with the National Population Register (NPR) and census, the Home Ministry said all individual-level information collected in census are confidential.

In census, only aggregated data are released at various administrative levels. Like the earlier censuses, wide publicity measures would be taken up for creating proper awareness among public so as to conduct and complete the Census 2021 successfully.

The Ministry said questionnaires for census along with that of the NPR have been tested at drive conducted successfully across the country.

The committee was also of the view that Aadhaar data should be used in the upcoming census to reduce the duplicity and wastage of expenditure. To this, the government has replied that NPR and Aadhaar are separate exercises with the former collecting more detailed data – PTI

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