Home Minister Amit Shah in an interview with ANI has tried to clarify the government's stance regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Shah stood by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on Sunday that there was no link between NRC and CAA.
He said, "There is no link between National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), I am clearly stating this today. There is no need to debate this( pan-India NRC) as there is no discussion on it right now."
He further elaborated, "PM Modi was right, there is no discussion on it yet either in the Cabinet or Parliament."
The home minister also asserted that there was no link between the NRC and the National Population Register (NPR).
"NPR is not linked to NRC. They are two different things. NPR is population register and NRC is proof of being resident," he said.
Shah also denied the criticism that NPR data can be used for the NRC exercise.
"NPR data cannot be used for NRC exercise. NPR was rolled out under UPA government. I want to assure Asaduddin Owaisi that NPR is not linked to NRC," he explained.
When asked about West Bengal and Kerala governments declaring that NPR would not be conducted there, Shah said, "I urge Kerala & Bengal to implement NPR. People of this country have been wrongly briefed by the opposition."
When asked about the apprehension regarding detention camps being built in the country, the home minister said that building detention centers was a continuous process for illegal migrants.
“Making detention centers is a continuous process. If an illegal migrant is caught, he/she is first kept in a detention center and then deported. Detention centers and NRC have no link,” Shah said.
“Detention centers are not jails or soft prisons. They are only housing facilities. We need a place to house people who are illegal immigrants till deportation is sorted out,” the home minister explained further.