TN puts NPR on hold until Centre’s clarification

The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has put on hold works towards updating the National Population Register (NPR) in the State, pending certain clarifications from the Centre.

Speaking to reporters, Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar, said, “So far, the notification for updating of the NPR has not been issued. We will take it up only after we receive clarification from the Centre. Until then, NPR updation has been put on hold.”

Udhayakumar said the Edappadi K Palaniswami-led government has only issued a notification to carry out the Census 2021 exercise. “We have not issued a notification to carry out the National Population Register exercise as the central government has not clarified the queries raised by the state government in connection to it,” he said.

Palaniswami last month had written to the Centre seeking appropriate amendments to the provisions to allay the fears of minority communities, especially Muslims, over queries like Aaadhar and details of parents and the Centre was yet to respond, said Udhayakumar.

“Since the Centre is yet to respond to Tamil Nadu’s letter, NPR enumeration has not been started,” Udhayakumar said. The state government will begin the exercise only after getting clarification from the Centre, he added.

“There were three questions in the NPR that have triggered fear among the Muslims. We have not notified NPR. We have issued notification only for census” Udhayakumar said.

The ruling AIADMK has so far refused to adopt assembly resolutions against CAA, NRC and NPR. But with the DMK and the Muslim community staging two massive rallies, the party has changed its stand and wrote to the centre seeking removal of the controversial questions.