New Delhi, February 2: CAA: The BJP-led central government has been given more time to frame and implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 after Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha committee on subordinate legislation granted it extension till April 9 and July 9, respectively.
Implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act
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“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has been notied on 12.12.2019 and has come into force w.e.f. 10.01.2020. The Rules under The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) are under preparation. The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have granted extension of time upto 09.04.2021 and 09.07.2021 respectively to frame these rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA),” the Union home ministry‘s notication read.
The CAA seeks to grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian,Jain and Parsi refugees who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.
Several such persons are living in India since the time of partition and are without any legal rights. The Modi government says that this Bill is aimed at correcting a historical wrong.
It is to mention here that the objective of the CAA is to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities — Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian — from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
After the CAA was passed by Parliament, widespread protests were witnessed in the country. Those opposing the CAA contend that it discriminates on the basis of religion and violates the Constitution. They also allege that the CAA along with the National Register of Citizens is intended to target the Muslim community in India.
However, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had dismissed the allegations and described the protests against the CAA as ‘mostly political’.
He had asserted that no Indian would lose citizenship due to the Act. Clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups had spiralled into communal riots in Northeast Delhi last year which had left at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.