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Explain the dissimilarities between National Citizenship Register and National Population Register. Remark upon the need of these registers in the current times.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

2. Explain the dissimilarities between National Citizenship Register and National Population Register. Remark upon the need of these registers in the current times. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu

Why this question:

The Bihar assembly resolution stating that the National Population Register (NPR) would be done according to the 2010 format has forced us to ponder upon the relevance and dissimilarities between the two.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the differences between National Citizenship Register and National Population Register. Remark upon the need of these registers in the current times.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly discuss about the recent news related to NCR and NPR.

Body:

Explain the differences between the two in detail. Explain the need for such registers and their relevance in the midst of India’s economic and political situation. Discuss the case of Government of Bihar. Elaborate upon the concerns associated; Given the poverty levels in India and the inability of the underprivileged to formalize their birth due to lack of access to health care, the task of disclosing the exact birth and place of birth, especially of the aged parents and orphans, would prove to be a challenging task. Discuss the link between NPR and the National Register of Citizens. Highlight the Assam experience.

Conclusion:

Conclude by discussing what should be the way ahead.