The Modi Government announces implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act.

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The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has finally been put into effect by the Centre, marking a significant step five years after its initial parliamentary approval. This noteworthy development precedes the imminent announcement of dates for the Lok Sabha elections by the Election Commission of India.

The implementation of the CAA, which was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019, comes after a prolonged period of widespread protests and debates across the nation. The act aims to expedite the citizenship process for persecuted migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who belong to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian communities. These individuals must have entered India on or before December 31, 2014, fleeing religious persecution in their home countries.

Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured the public that the CAA would be operationalized before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, following the issuance of the necessary rules. The act, despite its parliamentary approval four years ago, faced delays in implementation as the detailed rules and procedures were yet to be finalized.

The CAA has been a subject of intense debate, triggering widespread protests, including notable sit-ins at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh and demonstrations in Guwahati, Assam. However, these protests eventually subsided during the Covid-induced restrictions and lockdowns, paving the way for the recent implementation of the long-awaited act.

As the nation moves forward, the implications of the CAA’s implementation are likely to continue shaping political discourse and public opinion. Stay tuned for further updates on this significant development.

 

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