Kerala Cabinet Decides not to Go Ahead with NPR, NRC

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Members of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) stage a demonstration during a nationwide strike called by central trade unions against central government’s disinvestment policies and their demand for scrapping of NPR, CAA and NRC, in Kerala’s Kochi on Jan 8, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Thiruvananthapuram (IANS) – Keeping its date with taking a strong position against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Kerala cabinet which had a special meeting on Monday, decided to inform the Census Commissioner that the state will not implement the National Population Register (NPR) when census operations get rolling.

Speaking to the media here, State Local Administration Minister A.C. Moideen said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already made this clear.

“This has been decided and it will inform to the Census Directorate that certain questions which will go for the preparations of the NPR will not be done here,” said Moideen to the media, soon after the cabinet meeting.

After Punjab, Kerala became the second state in the country not to go forward with any action on the preparations for the NPR and with that, the National Register of Citizens (NRC), will also not happen.

The Vijayan cabinet decided to go with the decision of the Central Committee meeting of the CPI-M, which concluded on Sunday here. The meeting, while making it clear that the census operations can go ahead in the state, called upon people not to answer questions related to the NPR.

The state assembly last month passed a resolution against the CAA and on January 13, Kerala became the first state in the country to file a suit in the Supreme Court requesting it to declare the CAA as unconstitutional.

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