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National Population Register:
The Registrar-General of India (RGI) is preparing to conduct field trials of the first phase of the Census and the National Population Register (NPR) using a mobile application in all the States and Union Territories.
- The app will contain questionnaires on house listing and housing census and the NPR.
What is National Population Register (NPR)?
It is a Register of usual residents of the country.
- It is being prepared at the local (Village/sub-Town), 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 Cards) Rules, 2003.
- It is mandatory for every usual resident of India to register in the NPR.
Objective: To create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country.
The NPR was first collected in 2010 and then updated in 2015.
Who is a usual resident?
A usual resident is defined for the purposes of NPR as a person who has resided in a local area for the past 6 months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next 6 months or more.
- Constitutional provisions related to Citizenship.
- Components of NPR data.
- Who is an usual resident?
- Who prepares NPR?
- How can a person acquire Indian citizenship?
- Can an Indian citizen hold dual citizenship?
- About RGI.
Why are states opposed to the collection of data under NPR. Discuss.
Sources: the Hindu.