New Delhi: Regarding the amended Citizenship Act (CAA), the Central Government has said in the Lok Sabha that the work of framing rules to operate it is going on. In a written reply to a question, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said in the Lok Sabha that the CAA was notified on 12 December 2019 and it came into force from 20 January 2020.
He said, “Rules are being prepared under the amended Citizenship Act 2019. The term for the Committee on Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha has also been increased to 9 April and 9 July respectively so that the rules under the CAA can be prepared.
The CAA provides for Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The bill related to this was approved by Parliament in December 2019. The bill took the form of law with the signature of the President on 12 December 2019.
According to the provisions of the CAA, Indian citizenship will be granted to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians coming to India by 31 December 2014 due to religious persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Let us tell you that after the introduction of the CAA bill in Parliament, protests were seen in many parts of the country. There was also heavy violence in the national capital Delhi. At least 53 people were killed and around 200 people were injured in this violence.