Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday announced that the work on National Population Register (NPR) will begin from May 15 onwards in the state.
The senior BJP leader also accused the Congress of misleading people and stated that NPR has no connection whatsoever with the controversial National Register of Citizenship (NRC).
Speaking to reporters in Patna, Modi added that the Opposition was trying to create confusion among the masses, especially the Muslim community, for political gains but the fact of the matter is that “the NPR has nothing to do with NRC. The NPR was carried out in 2010 when UPA was in power at the Centre and in 2020 the exercise is being done only to update the National population Register”.
He further clarified that “The exercise is part of the census which no state government can refuse. Officials will not ask for documents from anyone during the process. The NPR work has to be completed across the country between April 1 and September 30. In Bihar, the exercise to update the NPR will take between May 15 and May 28”. Using the occasion to criticize the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Kerala and other non-BJP ruled states opposed to the CAA, Modi said that the implementation of the law enacted by the Parliament is mandatory for all states.
“There is a provision for strong punishment of three years of imprisonment against the officials who refuse to carry out the census work,” he said....