PM Narendra Modi chairing a meeting on NPR on Tuesday. Image credit: India TV
PM Narendra Modi chairing a meeting on NPR on Tuesday. Image credit: India TV

Amid the ongoing anti-CAA protests across the country, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the budget for the National Population Register (NPR), which will begin from April 2020.

The cabinet cleared Rs 8500 crore funding for the NPR- which was propelled by the United Progressive Alliance.

The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

So far eleven states have declared that they will not implement the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Through NPR the government aims to create an identity database of every Indian citizen and this database will have demographic and biometric details.

In a nutshell, NPR is a list of every single Indian citizen who has been residing in any area in the country for six months or more.

NPR data was collected in 2010 along with the 2011 census data, which was updated in 2015 and the digitisation of the updated data has also been completed.

Registering for the NPR is mandatory for every citizen of the country and it will be prepared at the local (village/sub-Town), sub-district, district, state and national level.

The NPR will be prepared under the provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.

Demographic details required from every individual

For registering in NPR, every individual will have to submit certain details and these include-

  • Name of person
  • Relationship to head of household
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Spouse’s name (if married)
  • Sex
  • Date of Birth
  • Marital status
  • Place of birth
  • Nationality (as declared)
  • Present address of usual residence
  • Duration of stay at present address
  • Permanent residential address
  • Occupation/Activity
  • Educational qualification


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