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11 Dec 2019

Citizenship Amendment Bill

What is the Citizenship Amendment Bill?  Will the Modi government of the Center has been successful in getting passed in the Lok Sabha.  All of you must have been hearing a lot in the news about the Citizenship Amendment Bill, but today we will tell you about what is the Citizenship Amendment Bill?  What will be its advantages or disadvantages?  

The Central Government is going to make a big change in the Citizenship Amendment Bill which is already in force.  After amendment to this bill, it will clear the way for people of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christianity who came from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to take citizenship of India without any valid document.

Who will get the citizenship amendment?

The benefit of passing the citizenship amendment bill will benefit all illegal migrant Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  He will be eligible to take citizenship of India.  Apart from this, people of all six religions of these three countries will also be given exemption in the rule of getting Indian citizenship.  All such expatriates who have been living in India for six years will be able to get citizenship here.  Earlier time limit was 11 years.

Why is there a dispute over citizenship amendment?

 In this bill, their religion has been made the basis of getting citizenship for illegal migrants.  Controversy has arisen over this proposal.  Because if this happens, it would be a violation of Article 14 of the Indian Constitution which is right to equality.  According to Article 9 of the Constitution of India, if a person takes citizenship of another coutry then he is no longer an Indian citizen, a person born abroad in the period of January 26, 1950 to December 10, 1992 is a resident of India.  A citizen can be a citizen only if his father was a citizen of India at the time of his birth.  A person born abroad after December 3, 2004, will be considered a citizen of India only if his birth is registered within a year of birth at an Indian consulate.

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