Tamil Nadu has put on hold updating the National Population Register(NPR) till the Centre clarifies three issues, namely place and date of birth of parents and spouse, mother tongue and Aadhar card and driving licence numbers in the new format.
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami told the Assembly on Friday that the survey had only been put on hold mainly to allay apprehensions of Muslims.
He said:” The opposition wants these columns to be dropped. The State Government has also urged the Centre to drop these questions. But we have not asked the Centre to give up NPR itself as it was carried out earlier during the UPA regime in 2010”.
He said the Government had not issued notifications for NPR so far. Revenue Minister R V Udayakumar said no additional documents had been sought as claimed by Opposition Leader M K Stalin. Palanisami asked him not to create panic among the minorities.
They rejected the demand of Stalin and deputy floor leader of the DMK Durai Murugan to adopt a resolution to this effect in the Assembly.
When Stalin pointed out that the Centre had asked States to begin the census from April 1, Udayakumar said:’we have notified only house census to be taken between June 16 and July 30.” Updating of NPR had been put on hold till the Centre clarified to points raised by the State Government, he added.