'We will not implement NPR in Kerala', says CM Pinarayi Vijayan
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]