The ministry of dwelling affairs (MHA) has knowledgeable a division associated standing committee of Parliament that it wants three extra months to frame the rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), handed by Parliament in December last, officers accustomed to the event said.
According to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, rules for laws needs to be framed inside six months of the date of the President’s assent or the standing committee on subordinate laws needs to be approached for extension of time.
The amended Act goals to grant Indian citizenship to six minorities – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Christians and Parsis from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who’ve confronted or fled fearing spiritual persecution.
The regulation, which excludes Muslims, might be relevant to those that entered India earlier than December 2014.
A senior officer cited above said that “the additional time has been sought to frame the rules as the ministry was busy in other work for the past several months. The rules will be framed soon.”
The handbook on Parliamentary Work states that in case the ministries/departments usually are not ready to frame the rules inside the prescribed interval of six months, “they should seek extension of time from the Committee on Subordinate Legislation stating reasons for such extension” which can’t be greater than for a interval of three months at a time.
The authorities has claimed that whereas the rules are being framed, the non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan may have to present proofs of their spiritual beliefs whereas making use of for citizenship.
The candidates belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain or Parsi faiths will even have to furnish paperwork to show that they entered India on or earlier than December 31, 2014, in accordance to officers.
After the CAA was handed by Parliament, widespread protests had been witnessed within the nation. Those opposing the CAA contend that it discriminates on the premise of faith and violates the Constitution. They additionally allege that the CAA, together with the National Register of Citizens, is meant to goal the Muslim group in India.
However, dwelling minister Amit Shah had dismissed the allegations and described the protests in opposition to the CAA as “mostly political”. He had asserted that no Indian will lose citizenship due to the Act.
Lok Sabha had handed the CAA laws on December 9, 2019 and Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019.