India's CAA: Home ministry seeks 6 more months to frame rules
The Indian Home Ministry told the parliament that it has sought six more months till January 9, 2022, to frame rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Replying to a question from Congress lawmaker Gaurav Gogoi of Assam regarding the deadline to frame and notify CAA rules, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the Ministry asked committees on subordinate legislation in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to further extend the time till January 9, 2022, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
This is the fifth time extension sought by the government to frame the CAA rules. "Persecuted" Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan can use the CAA to avail themselves Indian citizenship.
In extension, persons belonging to the above-mentioned communities who arrived in India in 2014 due to religious persecution in the three countries will not be treated as illegal migrants but would be given Indian citizenship.
The Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the Indian parliament on December 11, 2019, and has come into force from January 10, 2020.
The passage of the CAA in parliament triggered widespread street protests across India leading to the death of nearly 100 people in police firing and related violence.