Home Ministry Seeks 3 Additional Months For Framing CAA Guidelines

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Home Ministry Seeks 3 Additional Months For Framing CAA Rules

Amit Shah had asserted that no Indian will lose citizenship due to the Act (Representational)

New Delhi:

The Home Ministry has actually looked for an additional three months’ time for framing guidelines of the Citizenship Change Act (CAA), authorities stated on Sunday.

The plea was made before the Department Related Standing Committee for Subordinate Legislation as according to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation ought to be framed within six months of the presidential assent or an extension need to be sought.

The controversial CAA, which helps with giving of Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Parliament almost 8 months earlier and had caused demonstrations in different parts of the nation.

The President had provided his assent to the legislation on December 12, 2019.

” The house ministry has looked for an additional 3 months time to frame the guidelines for the CAA. The plea was made prior to the Department Related Standing Committee for Subordinate Legislation,” a senior main told PTI.

The house ministry’s relocation came after the panel checked the status of the guidelines for the CAA.

The committee is most likely to accept the request, the authorities said.

The goal of the CAA is to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities– Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian– from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

People from these neighborhoods who had actually pertained to India till December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution in these nations will not be treated as illegal immigrants but provided Indian citizenship.

After the CAA was passed by Parliament, prevalent demonstrations were seen in the country. Those opposing the CAA contend that it discriminates on the basis of religious beliefs and breaks the Constitution. They likewise allege that the CAA together with the National Register of Citizens is planned to target the Muslim neighborhood in India.

Nevertheless, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had actually dismissed the claims and explained the protests versus the CAA as “mostly political”. He had actually asserted that no Indian will lose citizenship due to the Act.

Clashes in between pro and anti-CAA groups had spiralled into common riots in Northeast Delhi early this year which had actually left at least 53 individuals dead and around 200 hurt.

Lok Sabha had actually passed the CAA legislation on December 9, 2019 and Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019.

The Manual on Parliamentary Work specifies that, “statutory guidelines, guidelines and bye-laws will be framed within a duration of 6 months from the date on which the appropriate statute entered into force”.

The manual also mentions that in case the ministries/departments are unable to frame the rules within the prescribed period of 6 months, “they should seek extension of time from the Committee on Subordinate Legislation mentioning reasons for such extension” which can not be more than for a duration of three months at a time.

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