CAA Rules: Applications Must Provide Religious Beliefs, ‘proof of religion’

The CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) application rules are expected to seek “proof of religion” as stated in government documents, a senior authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Monday(27, January 2024).

2019, the draft CAA, principles will probably seek records that they belong to the six religions and who they entered India.

The Assam government had asked the MHA to inflict a three-month time limitation to employ under the CAA rather than keep it”open-ended”.

“Any of those applicants residing in India prior to 2014 will possess some government record or another where they’d have said their faith, they might need to submit an application as evidence,” said the officer.

The CAA has the provision to grant citizenship to members of six minority communities that are undocumented — Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Parsi in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who entered India.

Though the Act doesn’t cite”persecuted minorities”, the expression was contained in the announcement of items once the Bill was introduced in Parliament.

Opposition members had raised objection if an applicant was persecuted on religious grounds in the nations, on it’ll be demonstrated.

The official stated as citizenship has been the domain name of this Centre, the States would not have any function in the execution of the CAA. “The single hiccup will come through the confirmation stage once the function of local authorities comes into play that may be run by central agencies,” added the officer.

The West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Monday passed a resolution opposing the CAA. The Kerala, Rajasthan and Punjab Assemblies had passed a resolution. Punjab Chief Minister Capt.

Amarinder Singh wrote an open letter on January 3 that the CAA may be misused for infiltration from the nation as”any individual claiming to be one of the six religions might only apply when it comes to the amended law, establish entry on/before the cut-off date and also be qualified for citizenship”.

An official stated the decision to give citizenship littered with the MHA as well as that all programs under the CAA would need to be made online.

Many groups in Assam have compared the CAA because it’violates’ the supply of the 1985 Assam Accord which known for”detection and deportation” of persons who entered the State from Bangladesh article March 24, 1971.

The Supreme Court-monitored Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), published on August 31 last, that offered 19 lakh of those 3.4 crore applicants, was a fallout of the Assam Accord.

Parliament passed the CAA on December 11. The MHA advised the provisions could come into force. The principles which will govern the Act are under construction and to be informed by the Ministry.

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