shaheen bagh CAA Notified
shaheen bagh CAA Notified

Breaking: Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 notified [Read Notification]

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The Central Government has notified the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force.
Central Government notification

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 received assent in the Lok Sabha on December 11, last year. The Rajya Sabha has also signed off on the controversial legislation the following day.

The Bill seeks to add a proviso to the definition of “illegal migrant” under Section 2 of the Citizenship Act. The proposed proviso states thus:

Provided that persons belonging to minority communities, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who have been exempted by the Central Government by or under clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 or from the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 or any order made thereunder, shall not be treated as illegal migrants for the purposes of that Act.”

In effect, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will not be treated as illegal migrants under the Act. Another change is that the Bill seeks to reduce the number of years required for citizenship by naturalisation for the above mentioned communities. The earlier requisite period of residence in India for eleven years will be cut down to five years.

The Amendment has triggered nationwide debate, as well as numerous petitions in the Supreme Court challenging its validity. A petition has also been filed in support of the Amendment, and calling on the Supreme Court to act against those spreading misinformation about the legislation.

The Apex Court, which issued notice in a batch of 60 petitions challenging various aspects of the Amendment, is due to hear the matter later this month, on January 22.

[Read the Notification]

Citizenship Amednment Act 2019 Notification - Jan 10.pdf
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