The Center has decided to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh living in 13 districts of the country. Applications have been sought from these people for this.
The central government has taken a major step towards refugees. The Center has decided to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh living in 13 districts of the country. For this, applications have been called from these people.
These refugees are living in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab. Their religion is Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist etc. They have called for applications for Indian citizenship on Friday. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification to this effect for immediate implementation of the order under the Citizenship Act 1955 and the rules made under the law in 2009. However, the government is yet to formulate the rules under the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) implemented in 2019.
There were riots over CAA
When the CAA came into force in 2019, there were widespread protests in various parts of the country and there were riots in Delhi in early 2020 amid these protests.
Which refugees will get citizenship?
According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), citizenship will be granted to non-Muslims who have been repatriated in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to minority non-Muslims who had arrived in India by 31 December 2014
What did the Home Ministry say?
In the notification of the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has been said that the Central Government has taken this step under Section 5 of the Act, using the powers found under Section 16 of the Citizenship Act 1955. Under this, instructions have been given to register Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian people of minority communities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan living in the above-mentioned states and districts as Indian citizens.
What is the Citizenship Amendment Act ie CAA?
The Central Government enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act in 2019. There were demonstrations across the country. In this law, there is a provision to give citizenship of India to non-Muslim migrants who came to India from three neighbouring countries. These countries are Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The government claims that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christianity are a minority in these countries. They are persecuted in these countries. Therefore, these refugees who have completed five years in India will be given citizenship of India. Before this, 11 years as a condition for acquiring citizenship of India.