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Parliament extends time to frame CAA rules uptil April

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New Delhi, Mar 23: In a recent development, the Parliament on Tuesday granted Centre time uptil April 2021 to frame rules under the citizenship law. The Lok Sabha has extended the time frame till April 9 and Rajya Sabha till July 9.

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The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was notified on December 12, 2019 and came into force from January 10, 2020.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have granted time up to April 9 and July 9 respectively to frame these rules. He said the foreigners covered under this CAA may submit applications for grant of Indian citizenship after appropriate rules are notified by the central government.

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According to reports, rules are mandatory for the implementation of any new or amended law and normally framed within six months of its enactment.

The objective of the CAA is to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities -- Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian -- from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Those from these communities who had come to India till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution in their respective countries, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

After the CAA was passed by Parliament, several protests were witnessed in different parts of the country leading to the death of nearly 100 people in police firing and other violence.

The riots in Northeast Delhi last year was also attributed to the CAA protests which initially triggered with the clashes between pro and anti-CAA groups.

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    A women-led protest at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh against the CAA had also got wide publicity last year.

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