Need 6 more months to frame CAA rules, says government | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The minister of state for home affairs Nityanand Rai told Lok Sabha that the government had sought further time until January 9, 2022, for framing and notifying the rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
He was replying to a question from Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi on whether the government had missed the deadline to frame and notify CAA rules and the steps taken in this context.
“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has been notified on 12.12.2019 and has come into force w.e.f. 10.01.2020,” the minister said.
“The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been requested to grant further extension of time upto 09.01.2022 to frame the rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019,” Rai said.
The CAA received Presidential assent on December 12, 2019 and came into force on January 10, 2020.
As per the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation should be framed within six months of presidential assent or seek an extension.
This is the fifth extension sought by the government for framing these rules.
The objective of the CAA is to grant Indian citizenship to six religious minority communities- Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who were forced to move to India fearing religious persecution back home.
Those from these communities who had come to India till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
Widespread protests were witnessed in different parts of the country after the passage of the CAA by the Parliament which led to the deaths of nearly 100 people in police firing and related violence.
(With agency inputs)





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