Uttar Pradesh first state to launch implementation of CAA News – Lucknow
Additional Chief Secretary (home) Avanish Awasthi told TOI district magistrates that they have been asked to track down migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have settled here for decades, without citizenship. “Although the number of people in Afghanistan living in UP is low, estimates indicate that there are a considerable number of Pakistan and Bangladesh, who settled here after being persecuted in their countries,” Awasthi said. This is the first step towards implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The purpose of compiling the list is to ensure that the state government can intervene and ensure that “genuine migrants” become citizens of the country. The presence of migrants from the two countries has been mainly found in Lucknow, Hapur, Rampur, Shahjahanpur, Noida and Ghabadzia.
“This is the first time such a list has been prepared. Citizenship will be granted in accordance with the new provisions of the CAA,” Awasthi said.
The State Government will update the Union’s home ministry on Muslim migrants in the state and could be deported to their countries, although no decision has yet been taken on this. The citizenship law had triggered protests and demonstrations in the state recently, leading to violence in several parts that left 28 dead.