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Citizenship amendment bill 2019 passed in LS

A bill seeking to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The bill seeks to make minority immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who have entered India before December 31, 2014 eligible for Indian citizenship..has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha on Tuesday and was passed after a discussion.

The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 in order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years.

Union Home Minister clarified that the Act is not confined to the state of Assam. The Bill will apply to all states and union territories of the country.

The minority immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan will get relief.

Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan will get the citizenship.

The minimum residency period for citizenship reduced from existing 12 years under the present law to 7 years.

The bill will not just be restricted to Assam..but will be for other states too..those who will get the citizenship will be able to live in any part of the country.

During the discussion of the bill..some parties supported it and others opposed.

Replying to the discussion, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is determined to implement the NRC and that there will be no discrimination in NRC. He added all the necessary steps will be taken to deal with illegal immigrants.

He assured the people of Assam that their identity, culture and language will all be protected.

Home Minister also made it clear that several steps have been taken to implement the Assam Accord…He also mentioned that the  government has notified a high-level committee for the implementation of clause 6 of the Assam Accord…which will submit its report within 6 months.

Earlier, the Bill that provides for regulation of use and application of DNA technology for establishing the identity of certain categories of persons, including offenders, victims, suspects and undertrials was passed in Lok Sabha.

The government also introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to make provisions regarding recognition of trade unions.

The government in the Lok Sabha also introduced amendments to the POCSO Act.

Rajya Sabha witnessed NOISY scenes and the house witnessed repeated disruptions…and after being adjourned 5 times. The house was adjourned for the day in the afternoon.

Due to noisy scenes..zero hour and question hour could not take place in the Rajya Sabha.

Amidst din, Health Minister JP Nadda moved The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 for consideration and passage.

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