Boycott NPR: Civic Leaders Appeal to Citizens
NEW DELHI, MARCH 18— Around 40 renowned faces of the civil society, including judges, human rights activists, journalists, academicians and clerics, have made a joint appeal to the citizens of the country to boycott the process of National Population Register (NPR) which the central government has announced to start across the country from April 1.
Referring to NPR, Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), they said “these are divisive, discriminatory, against the letter and spirit of the Indian Constitution and antithetical to the ethos of our freedom struggle and civilisational values.”
“We have already rejected or given call for boycott of NPR, since NPR is the first step towards unfolding of this new citizenship regime. Further we have also opposed clubbing of NPR with the decennial Census as it puts at risk the sacrosanct, confidential and vital data gathering under the Census. Various state governments have also passed resolutions in their assemblies or issued orders opposing the implementation of NPR in its present form,” reads the joint appeal signed by around 50 people including Harsh Mandar, Yogendra Yadav, Yashwant Sinha, Syed Sadatullah Hussaini, Maulana Mahmood Madani, Sandeep Panday and Justice Kolse Patil.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had on March 12 made a statement in the Rajya Sabha in which he had reportedly said NPR shall not be used for categorising any citizen as “doubtful”.
While welcoming Shah’s remarks, the civic leaders have urged him to make amendments in the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 to incorporate his verbal assurances.
“We welcome the spirit of the Hon’ble Home Minister’s statement and now seek legalisation and formalisation of the same by way of the Union Government amending The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. Such an amendment may remove any reference to NPR in the above mentioned Rules of 2003. Alternatively, the Government may delete Rule 3 (5), 4(3), 4(4) which allow NPR to be used for identifying citizens as doubtful and their deletion from the NRIC. The Government may also suitably amend Rule 7(2) and 17 to ensure that providing information in NPR is voluntary and that no one would be penalised for failure to provide information. We believe that these amendments would give effect to the Hon’ble Home Minister’s statement on the floor of the house and set at rest the widespread apprehensions about NPR,” the civic leaders said.
They also made it clear that they would withdraw the boycott call as soon as the central government carries out the above mentioned amendments in the concerned laws.
“The movement against CAA and NRC and the entire discriminatory citizenship regime shall, however, continue in peaceful, non-violent and democratic manner,” they added.
Signatories to the appeal:
Mr. Ravi Nair (Convener Alliance Against CAA-NRC-NPR)
Mr. Yashwant Sinha (Fr. Finance Minister Of India)
Maulana Tauqeer Raza (Leader, President Ittehad-e-Millat Council)
Mr. Yogendra Yadav (Swaraj Abhiyan)
Maulana Mahmood Madani (Leader &Sec.GenJamiat Ulema-e-Hind)
Mr. Harsh Mandar (Aman Biradari)
Mr. Er. Syed SadatullahHussaini (President Jamat-e-Islami Hind)
Mr. Sandeep Pandey (Lucknow)
Maulana Asghar Imam Salfi (President MarkaziJamiatAhleHadees)
Mr. Nikhil Dey (Jaipur)
Maulana Wali Rahmani Sb (Amir Imarat Sharia Bihar/Odisa)
Prof. Ratan Lal (Prof DU)
Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan (Chairman, Delhi Minority Commission)
Mr. Prashant Tandon (Journalist TOI)
Maulana Peer Tanweer Hashmi (Sajjada KhanqahHashmiyaBijapur)
Prof. Apoorvanand (Prof. DU)
Dr. Manzoor Alam (Gen.Sec Milli Council)
Mr. Ambrish Rai (Activist, RTE)
Mr. Naved Hamid (President AIMMM)
Justice Kolse Patil (Rtrd.Judge Bombay HC)
Maulana Mohsin Taqvi Sb. (Imam Shia Jama Masjid, New Delhi)
Justice Chandra Kumar (Rtrd. Judge AP HC)
Dr. Mufti Mukarram Sb (Shahi Imam Masjid Fatehpuri)
Dr. Narendra Nagarwal (Prof. DU)
Maulana Sajjad Nomani (SajjadaKhanqaheNomania)
Mr. Raghwan Srinivasan (LokrajSangathan)
Maulana Shabbir Ahmad Nadavi (Bangalore)
Mr. Ashok Verma (Ranchi)
Mr. Kamal Farooqui (Fr. Chairman Delhi Minority Commission)
Adv. AvikSaha (Kolkata)
Maulana Niyaz Farooqui (Sec JUH)
Mr. LabeedShafi (President SIO of India)
Dr. Zafar Mahmood (Convener Watan Ki Fikr)
Prof. Er. Mohammad Saleem (GS. FDCA)
Hafiz Syed Athar Ali (Nazim MadarsaMohammadiaMumbai)
Mr. Umar Khalid (Youth Leader)
Mr. Nadeem Khan (UAH)>Adv. ZafaryabJeelani (Lucknow)
Mr. M M Khan (Gen. Sec.APCR)
Mrs. Farah Naqwi (Activist&Fr.Member NIC)
Maulana Saif Abbas Rizvi (Shia Cleric &Leader)
Mrs Rahmatunnisa (Sec JIH)
Mujtaba Farooq (Co-convener Alliance Against CAA NRC NPR)