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Home ministry gets 7th extension to frame CAA rules

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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday has been granted an extension for the seventh time to frame rules for the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that sparked global outrage.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed on 11 December 2019 but the law is yet to be implemented as rules are yet to be framed.

Rules for any legislation should have been framed within six months of Presidential assent, or the ministry needs to seek an extension from the committees on subordinate legislation of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

The first extension was granted in June 2020.

CAA sparked huge outrage from Muslims which led to sit-in protests across the country that went on for weeks. The Act fast tracks the citizenship of people from the Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Christian, Buddhist and Jain communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014, without any documents.

The opposition parties and Human rights groups called the Act discriminatory to Muslims.

Days after the ministry approached the Parliamentary committees, they got approval from the Rajya Sabha for the next six months and are still waiting to get approval from the Lok Sabha, it is learnt.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019. It got the President’s assent the next day and was subsequently notified by the Home Ministry.

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