The Centre Releases Notification for the Implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) notified the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019, stating that the Act has officially come into force.

“The Modi government has announced the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act. It was an integral part of the 2019 BJP manifesto. This will pave the way for those who have been exploited in India,” said the Prime Minister’s Office.

The notification will be issued soon by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Act was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 9, 2019, and in the Rajya Sabha on December 11. The President’s assent was obtained on December 12, 2019, for the implementation of the Act.

The Citizenship Act of 1955 was amended to allow religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to obtain citizenship in India. Especially Hindus, Sirkhas, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who came to India under religious persecution before December 31, 2014 to get citizenship.

However, after the passage of the Act excluding the Muslim community, there was controversy and protests across India. In a secular country, there was outrage because of the exclusion of a community. Notably, this is the first example of an act enacted using religion.

Opposition leaders have criticized several controversial aspects, including the fact that the Act has created anxiety about migrant minorities in some states, including Assam.

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