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Stop NPR until there's clarity on NRC: Ex-IAS officer to PM Modi

There's a reason why we demand it @narendramodi, he wrote on Twitter while making the above demand

Friday February 7, 2020 3:24 PM, ummid.com News Network

IAS News over NPR NRC

[Protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) are underway at a number of places in India and abroad. (File photo)]

Mumbai: Kannan Gopinathan, who had resigned from the coveted Indian Administrative Services (IAS) in August 2019 Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to suspend all works and procedures related to National Population Register (NPR).

"There's a reason why we demand it @narendramodi", he wrote on Twitter while making the above demand.

"Because your Government says NPR is the first step to NRC. You also say you have not decided on the modalities of NRC. Incoherent no? If you haven't thought about NRC yet, why do NPR now? So, stop NPR until there's clarity on NRC", he wrote.

Kannan also threatened a massive stir if the notification about National Population Register (NPR) is not withdrawn.

"Dear PM @narendramodi, you have time till March to withdraw this NPR notification. After that, we the people, from every single state, are coming to Delhi & are going to stay put until it is withdrawn. Don't take it otherwise", he said.

"We don't have an option. #Resistance #DilliChalo", he added while tagging a copy of the NPR notification issued by the Centre.

"The NPR notification dated July 31, 2029 signed by Vivek Joshi, Registrar General of Citizen Registration said the Central Government has decided to prepare and update the Population Register and the field work for house to house enumeration throughout the country except Assam for collection of information relating to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of Local Registrar shall be undertaken between the 1st day of April 2020 to 30th September 2020.

Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012 batch IAS officer from Kerala posted in Dadra and Nagar Haveli as power and non-conventional energy secretary, had resigned on August 21, 2019 expressing anger over "anti-people" policies of the Modi government.

The Modi government rejects the allegation that the NPR and National Register of Citizens (NRC) are related. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had also issued a clarification regarding this in the Parliament.

However, those protesting against the NPR are objecting to some of the changes made in the latest form issued for the purpose.

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