Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Home Affairs, said on Tuesday that the Central Government has yet to make a decision on the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level.
“Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) at the national level,” Minister Rai said in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha.
In addition, the Minister of State for Home Affairs stated that the Centre has chosen to update the National Population Register (NPR) in accordance with the Citizenship Act of 1955 in conjunction with the first phase of the Census in 2021.
The demographic and other particulars of each family and individual will be updated/collected during the NPR update exercise, but no documents will be collected during this activity.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Rai also informed Lok Sabha that “The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 aims to facilitate grant of citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, or Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who entered into India on or before the 31.12.2014 and who have been exempted by the Central Government by or under clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 or from the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 or any rule or order made thereunder.”
“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has been notified on 12.12.2019 and has come into force w.e.f. 10.01.2020. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the updation of NPR and other related field activities have been postponed “, according to the Minister of State for Home Affairs.