New Delhi: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed a resolution against the contentious National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) in its current format, stating that is ‘causing fear in the minds of people’. Also Read - Andhra Pradesh Govt Allows Schools to Open From July 13, Bridge Courses to be Introduced
“NPR in its current format is causing fear in the minds of people. Addition of new columns, pertaining to parents’ place and date of birth, mother tongue, etc in NPR 2020 has led to unnecessary confusion and lack of trust among people,” Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Amzath Basha Shaik Bepari said, presenting the resolution. Also Read - Andhra Pradesh Puts Medicare on Fast Track With 1088 Ambulance Fleet
“Under these circumstances, the Government of Andhra Pradesh requests the Central Government to revert the NPR exercise to 2010 format and as such we request the process be kept in abeyance till such time,” the minister added. Bepari also handles the Minority Welfare department of the state ministry. Also Read - After Vizag, Yet Another Gas Leak in Andhra Pradesh; One Person Dead in Kurnool District
Previously, Andhra Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy had strongly opposed the idea of the NRC and NPR, to prove one’s citizenship, in its current form. The Andhra Pradesh cabinet had adopted a resolution in the regard on March 4.
Earlier in February, Bihar adopted an anti-NRC resolution becoming the first state with an NDA government to do the same.