Questionnaire for National Population Register asks questions for NRC? Allegation arises
New Delhi: The questionnaire prepared for the National Population Register (NPR) has created a controversy. According to allegations, the question regarding place of birth of parents is included in view of preparing the National Register of Citizens. Veteran Congress leader A K Antony said that the central government is collecting new information for citizens’ register.
Major information sought for the National Population Register 2020 are name, date and place of birth, house number, district, state, date and place of birth of parents, place of residence, duration of stay at current residence etc.
Though the number of Aadhaar card, driving license and voter ID are asked, people can decide whether to provide the information or not. No additional documents are required to validate the information provided. Also biometric documents will not be required.
A pilot survey was conducted from August 12 to September 30 to prepare the questionnaire of NPR 2020. As the people were reluctant to share details of PAN card in the survey, this question was avoided in the final questionnaire. The questionnaire in 2010 included questions regarding educational qualification which is excluded in the 2020 questionnaire.
A K Antony alleged these details are being collected for the National Register of Citizens. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the collected information will be used for the National Register of Citizens.