The Ministry of Home Affairs, MHA on Tuesday said that the rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 are under preparation. In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, the MHA informed that the rules were still being framed, and an extension had been approved by the Committees on Subordinate Legislation for both Houses of Parliament.
While the Lok Sabha committee has granted the government time till April 9, the Rajya Sabha panel has extended the deadline till July 9, Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in reply to a question by Congress Lok Sabha MP VK Sreekandan on when the rules would be framed.
The CAA has been notified on December 12, 2019 and has come into force with effect from January 2020.
The passing of the Act triggered massive protest in the entire nation with its epicentre at Assam and the Northeast. The protest later amplified in the national capital that saw a huge sit-in protest at Shaheen Bagh, which was only broken up in March last year because of the pandemic.
The centre, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, has repeatedly defended the controversial law, saying it grants citizenship to persecuted minorities – non-Muslims of the three Muslim-majority neighbouring nations – Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the process of framing rules had been delayed because of the pandemic, and that it would be taken up once the vaccination drive began.
India began its national Covid vaccination drive on January 16.
The Home Ministry also informed that no decision has been taken on a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) yet. Amit Shah had earlier said the NRC would follow the CAA.
Meanwhile in reponse to a question raised by Assam Congress MP Abdul Khaleque and Pradyut Bordoloi, Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy informed the House that the report is still under consideration of state government.
A High Level Committee was constituted to examine the effectiveness of the implementation of the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. The Committee submitted its report to the Government of Assam, and the recommendations are under examination of the State Government, informed Reddy.