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Citizenship Amendment Bill – What is this Bill?

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Citizenship Amendment Bill

Citizenship Amendment Bill has cleared Parliament. The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 passed by Lok Sabha on 09 December 2019 and by Rajya Sabha on 11 December 2019. This new bill purposes to accord the citizenship of illegal migrants of different religions like Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jains, Christians, and Paris from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afganistan. The new purposed law reduced the duration of residency from 11 years to 5 years for those people who belong from the mentioned six religions and 3 countries.

Citizenship Act,1955

As per the Citizenship Act passed in 1955, an illegal immigrant (a person who either entered the country without proper documentation or stayed more than the permitted time.) cannot get citizenship in the land of India. But this has been changed now in the Citizenship Amendment Bill for six religions of three countries.

Opposition VS Government

The opposition parties are again the Citizenship Amendment Bill they say that the bill is discriminatory as it singles out Muslims (15% India’s population). But the government has clarified that Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are Islamic republics where Muslims are in the Majority they cannot be treated as Minorities like other immigrants.

 

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