NEW DELHI: The central government has sought an extension till January 9, 2022, for framing rules of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which was passed by Parliament in 2019.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai replying to a question from Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi disclosed the status of CAA rules and their implementation.
"The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has been notified on 12.12.2019 and has come into force w.e.f. 10.01.2020," the minister said.
"The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been requested to grant further extension of time up to 09.01.2022 to frame the rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019," Rai said.
The CAA envisages granting Indian nationality to persecuted non-Muslim minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
This is the fifth extension sought by the government for framing these rules.
According to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation should have been framed within six months of presidential assent or seek an extension.
The objective of the CAA is to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities like Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Those from these communities who had come to India till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.