Popular Front of India National General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah has stated that the cabinet cleared National Population Register is nothing but the preliminary step towards the preparation of National Register of Citizens.
The central government does not contend that NPR is a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident in the country. Since this database seeks to collect demographic as well as biometric particulars of the individuals, it will be an all inclusive data collection which makes it totally different from usual census survey. Reply in Rajya Sabha by Kiran Rijiju, Minister of State, in November 2014 and the Annual Report of the Central Home Ministry 2017-18 and 2018-19 disclosed that NPR is the first step towards NRC. The endeavour of NPR does not pertain to usual census pursued as per the Census Act of 1948. The home page of the official website of Census Registrar also exhibits an NRC window. All these point to the sinister agenda behind the preparation of NPR, a dubious way of launching controversial NRC. There is something fishy behind expedited move for the NPR in the wake of the nationwide agitations against Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC. Mr. Jinnah has called upon the central govt. to revoke the decision to implement NPR, and appealed to the citizens of the country to reject this process.