NPR & NRC

NRC & NPR: Policy disaster

Print edition : January 17, 2020

June 3, 2013: People assemble to give biometric particulars for the National Population Register in Chennai. Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the United Progressive Alliance government introduced a system of national identity cards in nine coastal States and set up NPR camps and issued some cards. However, it did not extend the plan to the whole country. The NPR's stated objective is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident. It is not linked with delivering targeted benefits, as I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar claimed recently. Photo: R. Ravindran

June 3, 2013: People assemble to give biometric particulars for the National Population Register in Chennai. Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the United Progressive Alliance government introduced a system of national identity cards in nine coastal States and set up NPR camps and issued some cards. However, it did not extend the plan to the whole country. The NPR's stated objective is to create a comprehensive identity database of every usual resident. It is not linked with delivering targeted benefits, as I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar claimed recently. Photo: R. RAVINDRAN

With the BJP leaders speaking in multiple voices on the NPR and the proposed NRC and distrust mounting within its own ranks, the party’s strategy seems to be coming apart.
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