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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 looks to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan
The Narendra Modi government on Monday gave a green signal to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan with the cabinet endorsing the redrafted Citizenship Amendment Bill. The government is facing accusations from Opposition and challenges from Assam and other Northeastern states over the controversial decision. The bill is probably going to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the most recent day of the Parliament’s Winter Session.
The move came extremely close to the introduction in the Lok Sabha of a report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) inspecting the bill and giving it a thumbs up. The report was set up with a larger part vote even as Opposition individuals have restricted the move to allow citizenship based on religion. Affirming the Bill, the Committee said its motivation is to “empower obtaining of Indian citizenship by individuals from minority networks in particular Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who were constrained or are constrained to look for sanctuary in India because of religious abuse in their nations.”
While supporting the move of the legislature, the Committee was, be that as it may, of the view that since the issue was still sub judice, the administration needed to step with alert and take response to every single legitimate safety measure in case it causes shame at a later date. The joint board, headed by BJP MP Rajendra Agrawal, admonished the administration to make confirmation process strong and straightforward at all stages and furthermore requested that the legislature guarantee every single qualified individual are incorporated into the last NRC list.
It raised concerns saying “lacking extradition of illicit immigrants” has caused a weight on real nationals of the nation so the administration ought to guarantee there is no vagueness in the Bill in setting of the Assam Accord which tries to defend the interests of Assamese individuals.
Refering to India’s poor extradition measurements, the JPC said that the Foreigners Tribunals have recognized more than 90,000 illicit transients since 1986 out of which no one but 2,400 could be expelled. “The board of trustees isn’t happy with the general situation of expulsion of unlawful remote nationals… It is undeniable that extradition of illicit immigrants has remained an enduring issue with the Center.”