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Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

  1. The Union Home Minister introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha.
  2. The Bill seeks to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by six identified minority communities namely: – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who came to India before 31st Dec, 2014.
  3. The Act is not confined to the State of Assam.
  4. The Bill will apply to all States and Union Territories of the country.
  5. The beneficiaries of Citizenship Amendment Bill can reside in any state of the country.
  6. The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country.
  7. The Act will provide relief to persecuted migrants who have come through western borders of the country to States like:- Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and other States.
  8. The proposed amendment will make these persecuted migrants eligible to apply for citizenship
  9. Citizenship will be given to them only after due scrutiny and recommendation of district authorities and the State Government.
  10. The minimum residency period for citizenship is being reduced from existing 12 years under the present law to 7 years.

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