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Union Cabinet approves updation of NPR, amid concerns about NRC

New Delhi: Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to update the National Population Register (NPR).

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar briefed the media on Cabinet decisions on Tuesday.

This register, which is linked to the census and is a list of “usual residents” in the country, is largely seen as the first step before a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) is implemented.

According to the sources, the NPR was discussed thoroughly at the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“It will be an extensive exercise this time”, they said.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister also asked the ministers to reach out to masses to highlight the plight of refugees who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan due to religious persecution.

The plan for the corporatisation of the Railways was also discussed in the Cabinet meeting.

Cabinet briefing by Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar said, “NPR is a population registrar and not a citizens’ registrar.”

“NPR has nothing to do with NRC,” he added.

“NPR was done by the UPA in 2010 also and we are repeating it in 2020,” he also said.

inputs with ANI
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