No decision on nationwide NRC, MHA tells Parl | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday reiterated that it had not taken any decision yet to prepare a National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level.
Replicating the NRC exercise, already done for Assam, for other parts of the country in a phased manner was promised by BJP in its election manifesto for 2019 Lok Sabha poll. After the December 2019 passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA), another BJP manifesto promise, there was speculation that an all-India NRIC too was on the cards, with some speculating that all residents of India would be asked to produce documents to establish their citizenship.
However, minister of state for home Nityanand Rai has, while replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, clarified: “Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level”.
Responding to another query on the status of Census and National Population Register (NPR), Rai said the government had decided to update NPR under the Citizenship Act, 1955 along with the first phase of Census, 2021. “The demographic and other particulars of each family and individual were to be updated/collected during the exercise of updation of NPR. No document is to be collected during this exercise. However, due to outbreak of Covid-19, the updation of NPR and other related field activities have been postponed,” he stated.
Earlier too, the government had reassured Parliament that it had not taken any decision to prepare an pan-India NRIC. This was part of the government’s reply to a question dated March 17, 2021.
Preparation of National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) is governed by the provisions of section 14A of The Citizenship Act, 1955 and The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. Section 14A of The Citizenship Act, 1955 provides for compulsory registration of every citizen of India and maintenance of NRIC. This provision was included in the Citizenship Act, 1955 by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2003 which came into force on December 3, 2004.
The proposed NRIC would list details of all Indian citizens.

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