TDN World Desk: The contentious NPR (National Population Register) would begin on April 1. But what turns to be more worrying about it is that Ministry of Home Affairs unwillingness to drop the questions on date of birth and place of the parents.

On Thursday, to defend its decision, the Ministry of Home Affairs had told the Parliamentary standing committee that these questions were asked in the past as well and are necessary for back-end data processing.

Multiple states have objected to the contentious questions listed in the NPR 2020 form. Some NDA allies like LJP and JD(U) maintained silence over the questions. The Parliamentary standing committee, headed by Congress MP Anand Sharma, expressed concern and urged the government to build consensus to dispel apprehension among people and make absolute clarity on NPR.

Since the government has announced that nation-wide NRC would be carried out, there have been fear among people over the issue of documents. Activists and politicians had also expressed concern over the excercise of NPR citing it is the first step of NRC.