MHA to grant citizenship to minorities from Pak, Afghanistan and B’desh in 2 Gujarat districts
Under the Citizenship Act, 1955, the MHA has notified an order for granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, residing in the districts of Anand and Mehsana in Gujarat.
New Delhi,UPDATED- Nov 1, 2022 07-46 IST
Ahead of Gujarat election, district collectors have been empowered to grant citizenship (Photo- Representational)
By India Today Web Desk– The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has notified an order for granting citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, residing in the districts of Anand and Mehsana in Gujarat under the Citizenship Act, 1955. Ahead of the Gujarat election, district collectors have been empowered to grant citizenship.
However, it is to be noted that the move to grant citizenship under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and not the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) bears significance.
The CAA also provides for granting Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But since the rules under the Act are yet to be framed by the government, no one so far could be granted citizenship under it.
Even in 2016, 2018 and 2021, the MHA empowered district collectors in several districts of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab to grant citizenship certificates to migrants from the six communities who entered India on valid documents.
(With inputs from Mohit Babbar)
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