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Need to Update National Population Register Again to Include Changes Due to Birth, Death, Migration, Says MHA

The work of NPR updation and other related field activities has been postponed until further orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: April 28, 2022 12:09 AM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Tahir Qureshi

Need to Update National Population Register Again to Include Changes Due to Birth, Death, Migration, Says MHA
The Union government has already approved an expenditure of Rs 3941.35 crore for updation of NPR. (ANI image)

New Delhi: According to the 2020-21 annual report of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that was released on Wednesday, there is a need to update the National Population Register (NPR) again in order to incorporate the changes due to birth, death, and migration.

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The government decided to update the NPR database in the entire country except the state of Assam along with the Houselisting Phase of Census 2021, from April to September 2020, as per the convenience of the State/UT governments, said the report.

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The work of NPR updation and other related field activities has been postponed until further orders due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NPR is prepared under various provisions of the Citizenship Rules, 2003, framed under the Citizenship Act, 1955, the report read. The government prepared an NPR of all the “usual residents” in the country in 2010 by collecting specific information about each resident.

For updating the NPR database, a three-pronged approach would be adopted which includes self-updating wherein it is proposed to allow residents to update their own data fields after following some authentication protocols on a web portal. The approach also includes updating NPR data in paper format and mobile mode.

A pre-test on NPR update was undertaken in the selected areas of all the states/UTs except Assam along with the pre-test of Census. The demographic and other particulars of each family and individual are to be collected/updated during the updation exercise of NPR. No documents or biometrics would be collected during the updation, the report read.

The Union government has already approved an expenditure of Rs 3941.35 crore for updation of NPR.

In 2015, a few fields such as name, gender, date and place of birth, place of residence and father’s and mother’s name were updated and Aadhaar, Mobile and Ration card numbers were collected.

Notably, protests were witnessed against the National Population Register (NPR), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in different parts of the country in 2019.

(With agency inputs)

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