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CAA: Modi govt likely to notify Citizenship Amendment Act today, say sources

The forthcoming notification of CAA rules is expected to provide much-needed clarity on the operational framework of the legislation, amidst ongoing debates and controversies surrounding its provisions.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 New Delhi Updated on: March 11, 2024 17:03 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Union Home Ministry office in New Delhi.

Sources within the Union Home Ministry have indicated that the long-awaited rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are likely to be notified today, marking a significant development in the implementation of the controversial legislation. After much anticipation, the Union Home Ministry is poised to announce the rules governing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), a move that could have far-reaching implications for citizenship norms in the country.

Timing amidst speculation

Amidst widespread speculation, the decision to potentially notify the CAA Rules today comes at a crucial juncture, with many experts predicting that the Centre would act before the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The legislation, enacted in December 2019 and coming into force on January 10, 2020, has been a subject of intense debate and protests.

Key provisions and purpose

The CAA aims to provide citizenship to individuals from Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Buddhist, and Parsi communities who migrated to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014. However, the absence of formal rules has prevented the full implementation of the Act, leading to uncertainty and controversy.

Digital application system

In addition to notifying the rules, the Home Ministry is reportedly exploring the implementation of an online system for citizenship applications, processing, and grants under the CAA. This move could potentially streamline the process and ensure transparency in citizenship procedures.

Controversy and criticism

Since its enactment, the CAA has faced significant opposition, with critics labeling it discriminatory and calling for its repeal. The Muslim community, along with various opposition parties, has been vocal in denouncing the legislation, citing concerns about its implications for secularism and minority rights.

The awaited notification of the CAA Rules marks a critical step in addressing these concerns and providing clarity on the framework for citizenship under the Act.

 

 

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