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New Citizenship law comes into effect, Home Ministry issues notification

(CAA notification from MHA)

Kohima, January 11 (NE): The much-talked-about Citizenship Amendment Act has come into force. Ministry of Home Affairs issued notification in this regard on Friday, January 10, 2020.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,” the notification said.

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

There have been widespread protests against the act in different parts of the country ever since CAA was passed by parliament on December 11, 2019.

‘India Supports CAA’ campaign in Twitter and NaMo App was launched by PM Narendra Modi, Missed call campaign, 10 days door-to-door campaign to create awareness on CAA are also seen to gain the support from people on the backlash of widespread Anti-CAA Protests.

The home ministry, however, is yet to frame the rules for the act.