Home Minister on NATGRID, Census 2011 & NPR
Setting up of NATGRID
A Paper titled 'National Population Register (NPR) in India - A Step towards Register Based Census' presented at the 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute (ISI), Durban (South Africa), August 2009 by the Office of the Registrar General, India reads, "In view of the growing need for a credible identification system in the country due to various factors, like internal security, illegal migration etc, India is contemplating the preparation of a National Population Register (NPR) by collecting specific information on each person residing in the country. The proposed NPR would contain such information as, name, sex, date of birth, current marital status, name of father, mother and spouse, educational level attained, nationality, occupation/activity pursued, present and permanent addresses. The database would also contain the photograph and finger biometry of persons above the age of 15 years. Under this scheme, every individual would be assigned a unique National Identification Number (NIN). The NPR is expected to be ready by 2014."
Home Minister on Census 2011 & NPR
This has been a useful and instructive discussion. It was titled "Short Duration Discussion on need to lay down specific parameters for conducting the Census, 2011." It was spread over two days and a large number of Hon'ble Members from all sections of the House have spoken. The central issue of the debate, as expected, was whether information on the caste of the respondent should be collected in the on-going Census 2011.