Jagan firm on NPR non-implementation in State
Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is firm on not to implement the National Population Register in the State.
The cabinet meeting of the AP had decided to keep the NPR in abeyance for some time and follow the 2010 NPR model for census data collection.
The AP cabinet felt that people in the State have fears over the new NPR questionnaire and were raising objections. “There are several apprehensions among the people on the information to be given to the government because of the new questions added to the NPR data. It is better to wait for some more time or follow 2010 questionnaire for the smooth implementation,” the cabinet felt.
There is widespread resistance from the people in the state over the intentions of the Central government in collecting data from the people for the 2021 census. The government had added seven new questions in the questionnaire for this exercise from the previous 2010 exercise.
The country is witnessing widespread protests against the CAA, NRP and NPR ahead of the 2021 census. The national capital had experienced communal riots creating panic among the people over the intentions of the government. The Muslim minorities are feeling insecure with the government amending the citizenship laws of the land.
In AP, fears were expressed by the Muslims and deputy chief minister Amzad Basha had openly threatened to quit the government if the NPR is implemented in the State. There is unrest all over the state among the people and secular forces have been opposing the NPR in the revised model.
Keeping all these factors into consideration, the State government had decided to write to the Central government seeking withdrawal of new questions to the NPR 2010 data. The cabinet had authorized chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy to take up the issue with the Central government and ensure that the fears of the people are addressed properly before taking up the new NPR.