Copies of CAA burnt, hartal in Assam

New Delhi: The Citizenship Amendment Act is causing protests in the states. Police has issued alert in many places including Delhi. After the Citizenship Amendment Act came into force, protests in Assam intensified. The hartal was called by the United Assam Forum in the state. Activists burned copies of the Citizenship Amendment Act at many places.

The Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Act in December 2019. It came into force on 10th January 2020 but was not implemented due to non-formulation of rules. Parliament has passed an amendment to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Buddhists and Parsis who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The law stipulates that those who arrived in India before December 31, 2014 can apply for citizenship.

CAA Some states including Kerala and Bengal had stated that it would not be implemented. To overcome this, the Union Home Ministry has moved to make all the procedures for citizenship online. A special portal has been set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Applicants for citizenship need to state the year of arrival in India without travel documents. Government sources also clarified that no documents will be asked from the applicants.