Allaying fears over the National Population Register (NPR), Home Minister Amit Shah has said no citizen will be marked ”D” or ”doubtful” during the updating exercise and no documents need to be furnished to prove citizenship.
Also, it is not compulsory to provide any information not available with an individual, he said.
Shah gave the clarification during his reply to a debate on communal riots in Delhi which he said were triggered by alleged hate speeches made after passing of the new citizenship law that gave non-Muslim illegal migrants from neighboring nations Indian citizenship.
The updating of the NPR is to be done during six months beginning April 1 with enumerators seeking demographic and other particulars of each family and individuals.
“No one from minority community should have any doubt regarding CAA and NPR,” he said.
“I want to set the record straight. No document will be required to be furnished in the NPR exercise. It wasn’t done in the past and it won’t be now.”
Also, people will be free to provide whatever information they have, he said. “No one will be required to give information which is not there,” he said on apprehensions of residence of parents being asked in the NPR and absence of it casting doubts.
“No ”D” will be marked” for anyone not providing information, he said.