The BJP government has been trying to convince the people of India that no Indian will be affected by the amended Citizenship Act. And joining the lead on Friday was the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
In a series of tweets, MHA, on Friday, clarified that only common documents will be enough to prove citizenship.
The MHA added that Indian citizenship can be proved by “giving any document relating to the date of birth or place of birth or both”. Moreover, the illiterate, who doesn’t have documents will be allowed to bring witnesses or local proofs supported by members of the community.
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The home ministry spokesperson said, “Indian citizens do not have to prove any ancestry by presenting documents like identity cards, birth certificates, etc of parents/grandparents dating back to the pre-1971 situation.”
The clarification comes weeks after the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amended Bill (CAB). The passage of the bill has evoked protests across the country with people alleging that the Government is trying to promote and support Hindutva.
However, PM Modi has clarified that the implementation of CAA has nothing to do with the people of India and only provides a mechanism for some migrants – who may otherwise have been called “illegal” – to avail Indian citizenship.
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According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have migrated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants.
Cover Image Source – The Hindu