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‘Concerned Citizens’ Urge Indians to Boycott National Population Register

The 73 citizens who signed the declaration called the proposed exercise "discriminatory, divisive, exclusionary and unconstitutional", saying it "targets communities on the basis of religion, class, caste and gender".

New Delhi: A group of “concerned citizens” have signed a declaration that they “reject” the National Population Register (NPR) “as it is a gross violation of article 14 of Indian Constitution”.

The 73 citizens who signed the declaration called the proposed exercise “discriminatory, divisive, exclusionary and unconstitutional”, saying it “targets communities on the basis of religion, class, caste and gender”.

Through the NPR, the Government of India will have a database of residents in the country including biometric and demographic data. The government has said that a self-declaration of information such as name, relationship to head of household, father’s name, mother’s name, spouse’s name (if married), sex, date of birth, marital status, place of birth, nationality (as declared), present address of usual residence, duration of stay at present address, permanent residential address, occupation, educational qualification will be sufficient for the NPR.

It is expected that the exercise will be carried out starting April 2020 and Rs 4,000 crore have been allocated for the purpose.

Also read: NPR Update Exercise to Begin on April 1, President to be Registered First

While the government has said that the exercise will be carried out independently and is not connected to the controversial national register of citizens (NRC), the concerned citizens have said that the NPR is the “first stage of data collection to prepare NRC as per Citizenship Act 1955 and Citizenship Rule 2003”. This has also been pointed out in reports on The Wire.

They have urged citizens to not co-operate with the government for the NPR and not provide any information.

“We call upon all the state Governments to immediately suspend the NPR process. We also appeal to all the Law and order enforcing agencies to respect the constitutional rights of the people of India to protest peacefully,” the declaration said.

The statement also condemned police violence on those protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.

“The state has become a laboratory of state repression on peaceful dissent. We condemn the police firing, damage to property, the arrest of innocent people and the unprecedented levying of penalties on civilian protestors,” it said.

They have also called upon protestors throughout the country to remain peaceful and “not fall prey to provocations, propaganda and attempts to sabotage the movement”.

The full statement and list of signatories is below.

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Delhi Declaration by Concerned Citizens of India on Saturday the February 22, 2020 against NPR

  1. We unequivocally reject NPR as it is a gross violation of article 14 of Indian Constitution. NPR is the first stage of data collection to prepare NRC as per Citizenship Act 1955 and Citizenship Rule 2003. It is patently discriminatory, divisive, exclusionary and unconstitutional and targets communities on the basis of religion, class, caste and gender.
  2. The NPR will commence from the 1st of April to 30th September 2020. The data collectors will visit each house/household. We must politely decline to co-operate or make available any details to them.
  3. We call upon all the state Governments to immediately suspend the NPR process. We also appeal to all the Law and order enforcing agencies to respect the constitutional rights of the people of India to protest peacefully.
  4. We strongly condemn the targeted killings of peaceful demonstrators by police firing in various states specially Uttar Pradesh. The state has become a laboratory of state repression on peaceful dissent. We condemn the police firing, damage to property, the arrest of innocent people and the unprecedented levying of penalties on civilian protestors.
  5. We salute the multi religious peaceful protest by youth, students and women in many Shaheen Bagh/s across the country.
  6. We condemn the indiscriminate arrest of people under sedition and similar draconian laws. We demand their immediate and unconditional release and withdrawal of all the charges against them. We demand adequate compensation for physical and material damages and psychological distress caused to people and institutional properties across the country.
  7. We call upon the people to maintain peace at all times and not fall prey to provocations, propaganda and attempts to sabotage the movement.

Jai Hind

List of Attendees

  1. Abu Saleh Shariff
  2. Abu Bakar Sabbaq
  3. Ambarish Rai
  4. Amrik Singh Bungar
  5. M M Ansari
  6. Asif Anzar Nadvi
  7. Bellaiah Naik Tejavath
  8. Dalip Nim
  9. Mavalli Shankar
  10. John Dayal
  11. K Rahman Khan
  12. Ovais Sultan Khan
  13. M J Khan
  14. Minakshi Sakhi
  15. Mujtaba Farooq
  16. Shabbir Nadwi
  17. Narender Kumar Sharma
  18. P M A Salam
  19. S Q R ilyas
  20. Sami Salmani
  21. Shakil Ahmad Syed
  22. Nadeem Khan
  23. Zisan
  24. Khalid Ansari
  25. Mallavi Pawan Kumar
  26. Jitendra Daksh
  27. Bishambhar Patel
  28. Peer Khaliq Ahmed
  29. Qari Syed Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri
  30. Rahul Chandan
  31. Rakesh Bahadur
  32. Rakesh Rafiq
  33. Dungar Ram Gedar
  34. Dharampal Kartaria
  35. B R Bhaskar Prasad
  36. Sushil Gautam
  37. T K John
  38. Dhanraj Vanjari
  39. A D Sawant
  40. V K Tripathi
  41. Gulzar Singh
  42. Haji Mohammad Haroon
  43. Vedpal Singh
  44. Jaipal Singh
  45. Ranjeet Singh
  46. Tej Singh
  47. Priyadarshi Telang
  48. Ratnesh Katulkar
  49. Mohammad Sajid
  50. Imtiyaz Peerzade
  51. Mushfique Raza Khan
  52. Syed Shafiullah
  53. Abdul Wahid Khatri
  54. Nadeem Siddiqui
  55. Kalu Ram
  56. Dhana Ram Mehda
  57. Dharam Pal Kataria
  58. Addanki Dayakar
  59. Laxman Bapurao Mane
  60. Jaykant Mishra
  61. Anwar Pasha
  62. Niaz Ahmed Farooqui
  63. Syed Danish
  64. Uzme Jamil
  65. Salim Engineer
  66. Zafarul Islam Khan
  67. Anil Chamadia
  68. Md Sheesh
  69. Raj Kumar Jain
  70. Adeeb
  71. Saifullah
  72. Khalid Saifi
  73. Vishambar Patil