CAA: The Union Ministry of the Interior issues a notification, CAA enters into force. Indian News
In a notification from the Gazette, the Union’s Interior Ministry said that the act under which non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will receive Indian citizenship will enter into force from 10 January.
“In the exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (2) of Article 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47, 2019), the Central Government designates on 10 January 2020, as the date on which the provisions of that Act will enter into force,” the Notification.
The CAA was approved by parliament on 11 December.
According to the CAA, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until 31 December 2014 facing religious persecution will not be treated as illegal immigrants, but rather Indian citizenship.
There have been widespread protests against the act in different parts of the country.
Those who oppose the legislation are saying that it is for the first time that India will grant citizenship on the basis of religion that violates the basic principles of the country’s constitution.
However, the government and the ruling BJP have been upholding the law by saying that minority groups in the three countries have no choice but to come to India when faced with religious persecution there.
The ministry of origin, however, has not yet framed the rules for the act.