The Modi government has sought applications for Indian citizenship from non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Also, applications for citizenship have been sought from non-Muslims like Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists living in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab.
The Union Home Ministry issued a notification to this effect for immediate implementation of the order under the Citizenship Act 1955 and the rules made under the law in 2009.
The Home Ministry notification said, “The central government has taken this step under section five of the law, using the powers found under section 16 of the Citizenship Act 1955.” Under this, people of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian minority communities living in the above mentioned states and districts of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan have been instructed to register as Indian citizens. “
‘Online application will be made for registration as a citizen of India.’ The District Magistrate or Secretary will get the application checked according to the cases, if needed.
Let us know that when the CAA came into force in the year 2019, there were widespread protests in different parts of the country. According to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan will be granted citizenship to non-Muslims who are victims of repression, who had come to India by 31 December 2014.