To check illegal immigration in the country, the Union Home Ministry was preparing the National Population Register (NPR) that will incorporate all genuine Indian citizens and will give them national identity cards in a time-bound manner, Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed Lok Sabha Tuesday.
“We have to identify who is Indian citizen and who is not. We have to take steps to identify genuine Indian citizen,” he said amidst applause from members of the ruling coalition.
Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently convened a meeting of various stakeholders to discuss how the NPR and Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) work in mutual cooperation to prepare a comprehensive NPR database.
“The NPR will be prepared in a time-bound manner. NPR will identify who is Indian citizen and who is not. All genuine Indian citizens will get a national identity card,” he said.
The Home Minister said government has taken a number of steps to stop the illegal infiltration from across the border, including fencing the international border.