Amid mass protests triggered by a new citizenship law, Indian government on Tuesday gave the green light to update the country’s demographic registry. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government gave the go-ahead to update the National Population Register (NPR), the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

“A usual resident is defined for the purposes of NPR as a person who has resided in a local area for the past six months or more, or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months or more,” the report said.

New Delhi has earmarked 8.5 billion

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