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    Tripura Becomes First NE State To Announce NPR Exercise

    The Union Cabinet has approved Rs 3,941.35 crore for the country-wide NPR exercise

    As part of the pan India exercise, the BJP-ruled Tripura is preparing to collect the necessary data to prepare the Centre’s proposed National Population Register (NPR).

    Tripura Census Department Director Pradip Kumar Chakraborty told the media that the first phase of NPR data collection in the state would begin from May 16 and continue till June 29. Around 11,000 officials, including 9,062 enumerators, 1,556 supervisors, nine principal census officers and 81 charge officers will conduct the exercise which will consist of the demographic and biometric particulars of the citizens.

    With the announcement, the princely state of Tripura has become the first state in the Northeast to announce preparation of the NPR.

    Reports stated that the exercise was finalised recently in presence of Tripura Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar and top officials.

    Expressing apprehensions, many non-BJP ruled states, including Kerala, West Bengal have opposed the NPR.

    The Union Cabinet has approved Rs 3,941.35 crore for the NPR exercise.

    Meanwhile, the Opposition CPM and Congress have expressed their opposition against the NPR, National Register of Citizens(NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA).

    Earlier Union Home minister Amit Shah cleared the air that those people not willing to show documents for NPR exercise are free to do so.

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