TDN World Desk: Nowadays politics in India is swinging between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’, ‘Truth’ and ‘Lie’. When Govt contradicts its statement from who we seek confirmation?
On Tuesday Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that there is no link between NPR and NRC while factual reports appear otherwise.
According to a story carried by The Indian Express said that the Narendra Modi government told Parliament at least nine times that NPR and NRC are interlinked as the later is the ‘logical conclusion’ of the first one.
The NPR regulation has been set in 2003 Citizenship rules under the Citizenship Act 1955. Therefore, it is related to NRC.
In its 2018-19 Annual report the Ministry of Home Affairs says that NPR is the first step of the National Register of the Indian Citizens (NRIC).
During the first tenure of Modi government, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said that NPR and NRC process is connected with each other. One is the logical conclusion of the other.
In 2014 Kire Rijiju made similar statement five times: on July 8, 15,22 and 23.
The BJP Government in 2015 reiterated three times that NPR is a part of NRC. (On April 21, July 28, and May 13)
Again on November 11, 2016, Rijiju during the question hour in Rajya Sabha said, as qouted by the Indian Express, “The Government has approved the preparation of Population Register comprising details of usual residents in the country. The preparation of Population Register is a part of preparation of National Register of Indian Citizens under provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 read with the Citizenship Rules (2003).”