Mumbai: In a huge development, Home Ministry has notified that the most controversial Citizenship Amendment Act has come into force on Friday midnight, January 10.
The notification states, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government has appointed on the 10th day of January 2020, As the date on which the provisions of the said Act will come into force.
”However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that the rules for the Act are yet to be decided.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was passed in both the Houses of Parliament in December last year and later became an act after receiving a major from the President, aims to provide fast-track citizenship to non-Muslim refugees. Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Critics say the act is discriminatory in nature because it creates religious bias.
However, the government has been arguing that the act does not apply to anyone who is already an Indian citizen even if it is associated with religion and it is important that minorities from other countries are paid because they have no place to go anymore. Came to India after experiencing religious persecution in other countries.
Since the passage of the Act, widespread protests have been witnessed across the nation, some of which also turned violent as protesters, many of whom were students from educational institutions across the country, had violent clashes with the police.