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Rajnath to review NPR scheme to strengthen country’s security

Rajnath to review NPR scheme to strengthen country’s security
Union home minister Rajnath Singh, in an attempt to fix infiltration especially from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and other neighbouring countries, has decided to review the scheme of the National Population Register (NPR) to strengthen India’s security.

To examine the current status, Singh met the officials of NPR on Wednesday and later he has tweeted, ‘Instructed the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) to update NPR database and asked for the proposal on issuance of national identity cards to Indian citizens at the earliest.’

It seems that Singh is in a hurry keeping in mind prime minister Narendra Modi’s keenness on reviewing the current status on population and in abolishing the Congress-led UPA government’s pet scheme of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) under the banner of ‘Aadhaar’.
Sources said, Aadhaar is likely to be rechristened as the National Identity Number (NIN), which was decided during the NDA’s tenure. Considering it as a priority, the home minister went through a presentation on the NPR submitted by C Chandramouli, Registrar General of Citizen Registration, India.

The main areas of the presentation were national security, current status of the project and further course of action required for the reissuance of NIN. In the presentation, the MHA have pitched strongly for NPR as the only possible security solution for the country.

Singh has directed the officials to take the project to its logical conclusion at the earliest which is the creation of the National Register of Indian Citizens. He has also claimed that all the necessary proposals, which include updating of the database through linkages with the Birth and Death registration system and the issuance of National Identity Cards to Indians, will be brought for approval at the earliest.

It was learnt that the home minister have already informed prime minister about the outcome of the meeting on NIN and its further course of action including door-to-door registration in making it a great success. Many feel that this was NDA’s political move to make their strong bases in some areas including North-East and in West Bengal by seizing the illegal Bangladeshi vote bank to the respective government. 

The NPR project was started by the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002 on the recommendations of a Group of Ministers (GoM). Then the GoM had recommended to give all citizens a multi-purpose National Identity Card (MNIC) and a separate card for non-citizens of a different colour and design. This was decided to check infiltration and to ensure national security after the Kargil war.
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