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India postpones CAA for sixth time

  • Gautam Lahiri, New Delhi
  • 12th January, 2022 06:08:52 PM
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Indian Government once again postponed the implementation of controversial Citizenship amendment act (CAA) as the stipulated deadline for framing rules expires on Monday.

The Union Home Ministry has approached the parliamentary committee for the consecutive sixth time for framing rules under the CAA through which Modi Government wants to grant Indian nationality to non-Muslims migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan .

According to the manual on parliamentary work, the rules for any legislation should have been framed within six months of Presidential order or seek extension from the committees on Subordinate legislation of Loksabha and Rajyasabha.

Since the home ministry could not frame rules within six months of the enactment of the CAA it sought time for the committees-first in June 2020 and then for five times. The fifth extension came to an end on Monday. After that Home Ministry has sought another six months time from the parliamentary committee once again.

The CAA was passed by the parliament on 11 December 2019 and the presidential assent was received very next day. Subsequently home ministry has notified. However the law is yet to be implemented as rules under CAA are yet to be framed. A home ministry official told the media that "we have approached the parliamentary committee seeking more time. Hopefully we will get the extension. "

The central government has already made it clear that the Citizenship to the eligible beneficiaries of the CAA will be given only after rules under the legislation are notified. The objective of CAA is to grant Indian Citizenship to 'persecuted' minorities, like Hindu, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Those from these communities who had come to India till 31st December 2014 will not be treated as illegal immigrants and given Indian Citizenship .After then CAA was passed by the parliament widespread protests were witnessed in different parts of the country leading to deaths of nearly 100 people in police firing and related violence.