The census is the largest single source of a variety of statistical information on different characteristics of the people of India. On the other hand, NPR only contains demographic information with more details information of people including educational qualification, household amenities beside others. The census, 2021 will be conducted in two steps. In the first steps, the work of house-listing or housing census will be conducted from April 2020 to September 2020. In the second steps, the inventory of the population will be done from February 9 to February 28, 2021. India is set to update its National Population register – an exhaustive database of ‘usual residents’ of India (Representative image/Reuters). The Union Cabinet and our Prime Minister Mr. Modi, has approves Rs 3,941.35 cr for exercise to update the NPR. The process shall commence from April next year and will be completed by September. NPR was first done in 2010 and was later updated in 2015 when it was linked with the Aadhar. But since the announcement of the NPR update has come in the middle of a raging controversy on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), there is widespread confusion between the two. Many have also confused the National Population Register with Census, which is also due. So what is National Population Register and how is it different from NRC or Census? Let’s have a look:
What is Census?