New Delhi: The Union Cabinet approved funds worth rupees 8,500 on Tuesday for updating the National Population Register. The National Population register keeping exercise is to commence from April 2020 and it would be a list of usual residence of the country. The usual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for the past 6 months or more or a person who intends to decide in that area for the next six months or more.
According to the officials the data for NPR was collected in 2010 along with the houselisting phase of Census of India 2011 and updation of this data was done during 2015 by conducting door to door survey. The digitisation of the updated information has been completed and now it has been decided to update the NPR along with the houselisting phase of census 2021 during April to September 2020 in all the states and union territories accept Assam.
The information has also been released to the website of the office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner and a gazzete notification to this effect was issued in August 2019 which stated, "in pursuance of sub rule (4) of rule 3 of the citizenship (registration of citizens and issue of national identity cards) rules 2003, the central government hereby decides to prepare and update the population register and the field work for house to house enumeration throughout the country accept Assam for collection of information related to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of local Registrar shall be undertaken between the first day of April 2020 to 30th September 2020."
The National Population Register will be prepared at the local, sub district, district, state and national level under provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Card Rules) 2003. Since it is mandatory for every usual resident of India to register in the NPR, the government has said that the objective of this exercise is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country which would contain demographic as well as biometric particulars.
It is to be mentioned that this approval of funds to the tune of rupees 8,500 Crore came amid the furore over the citizenship Amendment Act 2019
The government has assured that the data will be used to enhance the targeting of beneficiary oriented schemes and will have implications on improving internal security.