March 22, 2020

Defer Census Operations – Abandon NPR Enumeration

CPI(M) Polit Bureau has issued the following statement on March 19

GIVEN the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for taking precautions such as social distancing etc, the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) is of the firm opinion that the NPR enumeration slated to begin from April 1 must be abandoned. Government and all its agencies must single-mindedly focus on controlling this pandemic and meet the consequent challenges threatening people’s health and livelihood.  Already 13 state governments declared their opposition to the NPR/NRC process.

The Census operations should be deferred till the situation normalises.

PB calls upon the prime minister to make this announcement in his much advertised address to the nation today, March 19 at 8 pm.