Keen to put an end to apprehensions about updation of National Population Register, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that there was no link between the National Population Register exercise and the National Register of Citizen.
In an interview with ANI, Shah said that that information obtained through NPR cannot be used for NRC which was a separate process.
He said the union cabinet has not ever discussed NRC.
Shah’s remarks came on a day the union cabinet approved the proposal for conducting Census of India 2021 and updating of NPR.
The minister said that while Census was held every 10 years and NPR was started by the United Progressive Alliance government and the government was carrying it forward as it was a “good exercise”.
“It is a Constitutional provision and is the same exercise which was conducted by the Congress-led government earlier. It is neither a part of our manifesto nor our promise. It was a good move started by the Congress which is simply being followed,” he said.
“NPR is register of population, NRC is register of citizens. There is no link between the two and the two have different processes,” Shah said.