The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a stay on the National Population Register process for the time being in the state due to the coronavirus crisis.
An order issued by the State Principal Secretary Jitendra Kumar on Friday stated that the ongoing work for the first phase of the NPR 2021 has been stopped till further notice. The NPR is a register of the usual residents of the country. It contains information collected at the local (village/sub-town), subdistrict, district, state and national level under provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
A copy of the order has been sent to all the District Magistrate and Mandalayukta. According to the order, all the work related to the NPR process in Uttar Pradesh will be postponed till further notice amid coronavirus crisis.
Uttar Pradesh has reported over 4,000 coronavirus cases in the state and more than 90 deaths due to the deadly new virus.
Earlier, tar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said there is a need to restart the economy but all precautions must be taken to ensure that Covid-19 is not spread further.
“We need to also focus on how we can restart the economy in some manner. Nearly 45-46 crore workers have been affected by the lockdown. Though they are benefiting from the government economic packages but we need to work so that they can go back to work,” Yogi Adityanath said during the ‘e-Agenda Aaj Tak CM Special’ on May 2.