In a prompt response to Amit Shah’s surprise assurances in the Rajya Sabha on March 12, all India campaigns against CAA-NPR-NRC have sought the legalisation and formalisation of these assurances. Specifically they have demanded that the Union Government amends The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
Such an amendment needs to strike down any reference to NPR in the above mentioned Rules of 2003. Alternatively, the Government may delete Rule 3 (5), 4(3), 4(4) which allow NPR to be used for identifying citizens as doubtful and their deletion from the NRIC.
The Government may also suitably amend Rule 7(2) and 17 to ensure that providing information in NPR is voluntary and that no one would be penalised for failure to provide information. We believe that these amendments would give effect to the Hon’ble Home Minister’s statement on the floor of the house and set at rest the widespread apprehensions about NPR. Only then will these oral assurance have any meaning.…
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