India is still protesting against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) but apparently we might have one more thing to worry about, it being the National Population Register (NPR).

On 24th December, Tuesday, news broke out that the Union Cabinet had approved a sum of Rs. 3,900 crore for an NPR. According to the government this was seen as a procedure that happens every 10 years and would eventually create the Census of India 2021. 

NPR is said to be a compiled list of the “usual residents of the country” with the ‘usual residents’ being people who have been residing in local areas for either the past six months or will be staying in a particular area for the next six months. 

NPR is a total count of the population but it is not a proof of citizenship as even foreign nationals staying in a region for more than six months would be included in it. 

However, many people believe that there is link between NPR and NRC with the former being the first step towards the latter. 

The state governments of Kerala and West Bengal have also stated that they will not be implementing NPR in their regions. 

The Central government on their part is trying to separate the two by constantly stating how there is no link between NPR and NRC. 

What Did Amit Shah Say?

In a recent interview with ANI, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has clearly stated that NPR and NRC are not connected. 

Shah said in the interview that, “There is no link between the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR), I am clearly stating this today.”

Along with this, the Home Ministry also released a statement that said, “There is no proposal at present to conduct a nationwide NRC based on the NPR data.”

But this in its stead has created a lot of confusion especially when paired with PM Modi stating in a rally, held on December 22nd 2019, that there have been no talks about an NRC for India ever since his government came to power in 2014. 

This clearly contradicts Amit Shah’s own speeches and other government official who have talked about a nationwide NRC and CAA policy. 

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Are NPR And NRC Connected?

Since there are a lot of confusing statements being given out, there is major concern on whether NRC and NPR are connected and if they are, then what the result of that will be. 

A few people on Twitter have spoken about it and pointed out the link between the two:

There are opposing views everywhere currently with some people stating that there is a link between NPR and NRC, with even some government documents stating the same. 

However, Amit Shah and other government officials are clearly denying there being any connection of NPR with NRC. 

What do you think? Is there a link between NRC and NPR? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sources: India Today, The Indian Express, The Hindu

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