Guwahati, 8th January, 2019
The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha. The Bill, which has been vehemently objected by several organisations in Assam, passed after a discussion regarding various Clauses of the Bill. The bill was passed even after the people of Assam staged outrageous protest all over the state.
Speaking on the bill, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it will pave way for the religious minorities- the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to get Indian citizenship.
The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.