No link between NPR and NRC, says Home Minister Amit Shah

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah during the 32nd Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture at Siri Fort auditorium, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah. (PTI Photo)

Home Minister Amit Shah today said that there is no link between National Population Register, NPR and National Register of Citizens, NRC.

Speaking to a News Agency this evening, Mr Shah said, no data of NPR can be utilised in NRC. He said those who are spreading rumours on NPR are actually hampering benefits of poor and minorities.

Home Minister said, if such surveys would not have happened then cooking gas would not have reached the poor households. He said such surveys are base for several schemes brought by the Government for targeted beneficiaries.

Amit Shah further said that while Census was held every 10 years and NPR was started by the UPA government and the government is carrying it forward as it is a good exercise.

The Home Minister said some new things have been included this time in NPR like the area of house and number of livestock.

Replying to a query, Mr Shah reiterated the Citizenship Amendment Act has no provision of taking away anyone’s citizenship. He said, due to politics some people were instigated on the issue and now people have understood the truth.