Sunday, January 23, 2022

MHA Applies For Sixth Extension To Frame CAA Rules

The law is yet to be implemented, as the rules under the CAA are yet to be framed.

New Delhi:

For the sixth time, the Union Home Ministry has sought a further extension from the parliamentary committees in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha to frame rules for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019. A senior government official told NDTV that we have approached the parliamentary committees seeking more time. Hope we get the detail. Actually, the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the Parliament on December 11, 2019 and the President’s assent was received the next day. After this, the Ministry of Home Affairs informed about this. However, the law is yet to be implemented, as the rules under the CAA are yet to be framed.

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According to the Manual on Parliamentary Business, rules for any law must be framed within six months of the assent of the President or extension sought from committees of subordinate legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Since the Home Ministry could not frame rules within six months of the implementation of the CAA, it has sought time for committees. Time has been sought first in June 2020 and four times after that. The fifth expansion ended on Monday.

The central government has already clarified that the eligible beneficiaries of CAA will be given only after the rules are notified under the Indian Citizenship Act. The CAA aims to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities like Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Those belonging to these communities who were facing religious persecution there and came to India till December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will not be given Indian citizenship. After the passage of the CAA by Parliament, there were widespread protests in various parts of the country, in which around 100 people died in police firing and related violence.

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Several political parties allege that there are apprehensions that the CAA, which will be followed by a nationwide compilation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), will benefit non-Muslims excluded from the proposed Register of Citizens, while Muslims will have to prove their citizenship. The Center, however, has informed Parliament that no decision has been taken to prepare the NRC at the national level so far.

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