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Civil rights groups seek clarity on NPR

Standing firm:Women protesting against the CAA, the NRC and the NPR at Shahid Smarak in Jaipur.PTIPTI

Standing firm:Women protesting against the CAA, the NRC and the NPR at Shahid Smarak in Jaipur.PTIPTI  

Civil rights groups spearheading an agitation in Rajasthan against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Saturday demanded that the Congress government clarify its position on the National Population Register (NPR) and stop its process scheduled to begin next month. The indefinite sit-in at the Shaheed Smarak here, inspired by Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh protest, has entered the 44th day.

The protests were held under the banner of the Samvidhan Evum Loktantra Bachao Abhiyan.

The Abhiyan’s convener Sawai Singh said at a press conference here that it was widely believed that the NPR would be the first step towards the preparation of the National Register of Citizens. The State government should step in to stop the clubbing of the NPR with the Census. “The people of Rajasthan will boycott the NPR survey unless the the Congress spells out its stand,” he said.

Association for Protection of Civil Rights president Paker Farooq said Home Minister Amit Shah had misled the country by stating in Parliament that no document would be required from people in the NPR survey. “The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, contains these provisions, which will be misused in the NPR exercise,” he said.

The Abhiyan members urged the State government to issue an order that the exercise for preparing the NPR in its present form would not be started.

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