NRC Assam Current Affairs - 2020

Census 2021 and NPR updation postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

The GoI had planned to conduct Census 2021 in two phases. The first phase was scheduled between April-September 2020 and the second phase was scheduled in February 2021. Also, the updation of NPR has also been postponed due to the spread of Corona Virus.

National Population Register

The NPR updation was scheduled to be conducted along with Census 2021. It is to be conducted by the office of Registrar General of India operating under Ministry of Home Affairs. Assam was the only state that was to be kept out of the NPR process as updation of the register for the state of Assam was done under National Register of Citizens.

Background

The data for NPR was first collected in 2010 along with Census 2011. The data was further updated in 2015 under a door-to-door survey. The NPR collects biometric and demographic data. The Biometric data is to be updated through Aadhar details. This is the first time NPR is collecting biometric data. Earlier in 2010, only demographic details were collected. Later in 2015, the data was updated with Aadhaar, ration card numbers and mobile numbers.

Former Chief Justice of India takes oath as Rajya Sabha MP

On March 19, 2020, the former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi took oath as the Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha.

Highlights

The President Shri Ram Nath Kovind nominated Shri Ranjan Gogoi the former Chief Justice of India to fill in the vacancy of the retiring member KTS Tulsi under Article 80.

Ranjan Gogoi

The Former CJI has pronounced famous judgements of the supreme court during his tenure. It includes entry of women in Kerala Sabarimala temple case, Rafale Jets, Assam’s NRC (National Register of Citizens), etc.

KTS Tulsi

KTS Tulsi is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. He is also a politician from the state of Chhattisgarh. He was nominated to the upper house as a member of Indian National Congress. He was nominated to the Upper House by the President in 2014. He had also served as Additional Solicitor General of India in 1990.

Additional Solicitor General of India

The Additional Solicitor General of India gives advice to GoI on legal matters. They appear in the Supreme Court or in other high courts on behalf of the Government.