In his letter to the Prime Minister, Shri Modi wrote, “there is no mention of capturing biometrics in the Citizenship Act or Citizenship Rules 2009”. He added, “In the absence of any provision in the Citizenship Act, 1955, or rules for capturing biometrics, it is difficult to appreciate how the capture of biometrics is a statutory requirement. Photography and biometrics is only mentioned in the Manual of Instructions for filling up the NPR household schedule and even in that there is no mention of capturing the Iris”. (Reference: http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/in-reply-to-pc-letter-modi-writes-to-pm-why-biometrics-for-npr-/856315/)
I submit that after Government of Gujarat stopped collection of biometric data, the then Union Minister of Home Affairs, Shri P Chidambaram sent a letter to Shri Modi in August 2011 pointed out that creation of the NPR was a “statutory requirement” under the Citizenship Act, 1955, and “once initialized, has to be necessarily completed”. The Union Minister of Home Affairs had also requested the CM to instruct state government officers to cooperate in creation of the NPR.