The Union Home Ministry has issued a notification for the speedy implementation of the Citizenship Act 1955 under the 2009 Law, even though it has not finalized the rules under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in 2019.
According to the notification, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, who hail from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and are located in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab, can apply for Indian citizenship.
The decision has shocked many because the rules enacted in 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not yet framed by the Government. There have been widespread protests across the country against the act, with hundreds of social workers arrested following the protests.
According to amended Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in 2019, Non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who reached India before December 2014 will be granted Indian citizenship.