The Left government in Kerala on Monday decided to inform the Centre that it would not cooperate with any official procedures regarding the updation of the National Population Register (NPR).
The decision in this regard was taken at a special cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here.
The government also decided to inform the Registrar General and Census Commissioner under the Union Home Ministry it was unable to cooperate with anything with regard to the
updation of the NPR.
The NPR or National Population Register is a register of residents in the country containing demographic and biometric details. While the Census is a population exercise conducted once in a decade, the central government has decided to prepare the NPR between April 2020 and September 2020, with the exercise conducted at the local, sub-district, district, state and national levels.
The state government also pointed to the situation in Assam after NCR was implemented there, as an example of why it should not be carried out elsewhere.
Kerala is also the first state to move the Supreme Court against CAA. The state Assembly has passed a resolution against the controversial legislation which offers citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh based on religion.
(With inputs from agencies.)