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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Posted on : 06 Dec 2019

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  • The Union Cabinet has cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
  • The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants of six communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.
  • The communities are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians. The legislation relaxes the 11-year criteria for citizenship to six years for persons belonging to these six religions.
  • The amended bill applies to people who were “forced or compelled to seek shelter in India due to persecution on the ground of religion.”
  • The cut-off date for people to be eligible for citizenship is December 31, 2014.
  • Under the current law, citizenship is given either to people born in India or if they have resided in the country for a minimum of 11 years.
  • The CAB will not apply to areas under the sixth schedule of the Constitution – which deals with autonomous tribal-dominated regions in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.
  • The bill will also not apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram). These exceptions didn’t exist in the earlier version.

Article Related Questions

  1. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been cleared by the Union cabinet recently; consider the following statements regarding it
    1.It seeks to make illegal migrants of six communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship.
    2.The bill will apply to areas under the fifth and sixth schedule of the Constitution.
    3.The bill will not apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.1 and 3 only

    3.2 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 and 3 only

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