Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019

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New Delhi, Jan 8: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019.

The Bill seeks to enable Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh without valid travel documents or those whose valid documents expired in recent years to acquire Indian citizenship through the process of naturalisation.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage in the Lok Sabha.

The bill was passed despite opposition by several political parties including Congress and Trinamool Congress.

As the Congress and the TMC’s demand for sending the Bill again to a parliamentary panel was dismissed by the central government, they staged a walkout.

During the debate, Singh made it clear that the Bill was not confined to Assam but would be applicable to all states and Union Territories.

“The burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country. Assam alone would not have to bear the entire burden and the government is committed to provide all help to the state government and people of Assam,” he said.

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