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MHA SEEKS MORE TIME TO MAKE RULES UNDER THE CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT

Key Points:

  • On 09 January 2022, the MHA could not meet the fifth deadline to notify the rules without which they cannot implement the Law under the Citizenship Amendment Act. 
  • The Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by Parliament on 11 December 2019 and received the Presidential nod the very next day.
  • The government seeks to grant Indian citizenship to people from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan through the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Under what Law is the extension offered?

  • The Manual on the Work of Parliament contains the provisions of the extension. 
  • It states that if Ministries or Departments fail to draft legislation within six months after enacting the Act, they may seek an extension of time from the Committee on Subordinate Legislation.
  • The period can be extended to three months at a time.

Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019:

  • The CAA was approved by Parliament on 11 December 2019. 
  • The President granted his approval on 12 December 2019.

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