In an official gazette notification released in Friday, the Union home ministry announced that Citizenship (Amendment) Act will come into effect from January 10. Amidst the protests and agitations across the nation against the controversial legislation, the central government move welcomed criticism which in turn intensified the protests. While the protestor took to roads to condemn government’s move, Opposition parties are set to meet on Opposition on Monday to decide on future strategy on anti-CAA protests.
On the other hand, the act brought in an exponential increase in demand for birth certificates. The refugees have been thronging at the municipal corporation offices to get all the necessary documents. According to the government records, the number of birth certificates issued in December 2019 has gone up three times as compared to the same period last year. Sources revealed that most of the applications are from the Muslim community followed by Sikh. Special orders were issued to the zonal offices to take up the certificate verification and issuance of the certificates to smother out the procedures.
CAA intends to grant Indian citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who entered India by December 31, 2014, on application and scrutiny. Such persons will have to make a self-declaration of undergoing religious persecution and produce legally acceptable documents to prove that they had arrived in India by the cutoff date.