BHOPAL: As opposition to the National Population Register (NPR) grows in Madhya Pradesh, the state government has reiterated that it won't be implemented in the State.
"Chief Minister Kamal Nath has clearly said that NPR would not be implemented in Madhya Pradesh and the stand is clear", said Minister PC Sharma.
Regarding anxiety over circulation of copy of a notification, the minister clarified that it was an earlier notification dating December 2019 but subsequently Centre brought CAA and that the The NPR notified earlier was not under the CAA.
"This notification was under the 1955 Act and rule 3 (2003)", said an official press release. "The chief minister had already issued instructions in this regard that there would be no NPR in Madhya Pradesh", Sharma further added.
Earlier, the Congress leader and Bhopal legislator Arif Masood had called a press conference and said that there would be strong opposition to the NPR-NRC from every household in the State. Also, he indicated about beginning of the campaign to put up stickers and messages to stop NPR at every house.
[February 17, 2020 NewsBits.in]
GUWAHATI: A political party has termed the citizenship amendment act (CAA) as discriminatory and has petitioned the United Nations (UN) in this regard.
The outfit Asom Sangrami Morcha chief AK Phukan and its leaders have warned about the impact of the CAA, terming it 'xenophobic' and 'exclusionist', which centre brought 'despite huge nationwide protests'.
The party leaders have said that there will be socio-economic issues apart from adverse impact on Hindu population in neighbouring Muslim countries.
Holding that CAA is a violation of the Indian constitution as well as against the international human rights, apart from being a grave threat to people of North East, especially, indigenous communities, the Asom Songrami Morcha (ASM) has formally written to UN High Commissioner in Geneva, as well as the chief of mission in India and the chairperson of the indigenous wing.
The Morcha leaders have said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is xenophobic and would affect the indigenous people severely. It has mentioned at length the ramifications of such a law, the combined impact of NRC-CAA apart from its affect on the society, and has sought UN intervention.
[February 14, 2019 NewsBits.in]
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a significant statement, the chief minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan has said that he would not implement National Population Register (NPR) in the state.
Vijayan has said that the LDF government is very clear on the issue and the controversial NPR would not be conducted in Kerala at any cost.
The veteran Communist leader said that Census would not be affected, however, and the fears are unfounded as it is a separate activity but NPR would not happen in Kerala.
The chief minister said this in the Assembly. He also said that the Centre has been informed about Kerala government's stand in this regard. In fact, the Kerala government has reiterated the stand over NPR after it had last month asked the district collectors to stop linking NPR with the Census.
On a query regarding detention centres in the state, Vijayan said that they were constructed when the UDF-led Congress government was in power in the state. Later, Vijayan said that the fears about census are unfounded and it will be conducted but the exercise will have no connection with NPR. Kerala had also rejected the controversial citizenship amendment act (CAA).
[February 12, 2020 NewsBits.in]