NEW DELHI: The federal government will launch a drive instructing the “head of the household” to make accessible particulars of 21identifiers throughout enrolment within the Nationwide Inhabitants Register (NPR). These will embrace Aadhaar, driving licence, Everlasting Account Quantity (PAN) and voter ID card, ET has learnt.

The nationwide NPR is to be held from April 1 to September 30 to document the ‘regular residents’ of the nation who’ve lived in an space for the earlier six months or extra, or individuals who intend to remain there for the following six months or extra, in response to an official notification.

A number of state governments have stalled work on the NPR, alleging that it’s step one towards a Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC), which will likely be used along side the Citizenship Modification Act to disenfranchise Muslims.

PM Narendra Modi has denied any such intent. Residence minister Amit Shah says the NPR knowledge is not going to be used for an NRC and that there was no resolution on conducting an NRC as of now.

The questionnaire for NPR 2020 is more likely to proceed with the controversial column on “date and homeland of fogeys” apart from different fields. A senior authorities official defined to ET that this query didn’t have any sinister connotations.

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“These particulars have been recorded throughout the earlier NPR enumeration as a part of a single query on mother and father,” the federal government official stated. “This time, we’ve got a separate query on the homeland to determine if they’re staying with the kids or not.”

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Congress politician and former minister of state for residence affairs Ajay Maken has criticised the federal government’s transfer to change the NPR type. “As MoS Residence in 2010, I supervised the NPR! However Modi-Shah 2020 NPR is completely completely different,” he tweeted on December 25.

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Officers stated the Registrar Normal of India (RGI) will additional make sure that the info collected utilizing cellular apps by enumerators and supervisors are safe. Solely these with verified credentials can obtain the app utilizing logins and passwords offered by the census commissioner, they stated.

“The cellular IMEI quantity will assist us to determine the enumerator who’s utilizing the app and recording the info,” one of many officers stated.

NPR was first rolled out by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance authorities together with the 2011 Census. In 2011, particulars resembling identify, date of delivery, intercourse, marital standing, academic qualification, occupational exercise, father and mom’s identify, nationality (as declared) have been among the many questions requested of respondents.

In line with the house ministry, NPR knowledge has been beforehand offered to the governments of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Manipur for the Sarvam scheme that tracks subsidies and the general public distribution scheme (PDS). Rajasthan has been given NPR knowledge for the Bhamashah ladies’s empowerment scheme.

In 2015-16, the NPR database was up to date in all states and Union Territories, besides Assam and Meghalaya.

“The digital database of greater than 1.19 billion regular residents of the nation has already been created beneath NPR,” stated the official. “The variety of questions have been 14 then, however have been subsequently elevated to 21 throughout the 2019 pre-test that was held from April 12, 2019, to September 30, 2019. The pre-test was held in 74 districts throughout which demographic particulars of round three million people have been collected.”