The Union government’s fight against illegal immigrants will soon get a national canvas as it has decided to give a fresh impetus to the department of the National Population Register (NPR) under the Registrar General of India.
The division had turned almost non-functional after Aadhaar gained supremacy in the NDA government’s agenda in late 2014.
Key highlights of the NPR project proposal:
According to top sources in the government, data for NPR was collected in 2010 along with the house-listing phase of the Census.
However, the main task assigned to the department for the creation of the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) had been shelved by the government.
The NPR’s main task is to generate the NRIC.
The rest will automatically become National Register of Residents or NRR.
It is called a filtering process and involves field verification as well as scrutiny of documents.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and the subsequent releasing of the data appears to have provided a much-needed push for the NRIC project.
Since the idea of the NRIC was first mooted during NDA-I, the deliberation within the government to revive the crucial department to identify and provide identity cards to Indian citizens is being seen as a last-ditch effort to contain the influx of illegal immigrants.
Over 40 lakh people were left out of the Assam NRC in July, and after claims and settlement, a final list will be released.