Citizenship Amendment Act Comes Into Effect From Jan. 10
Senior citizens display placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, at Latashil Playground in Guwahati. (Source: PTI) 

Citizenship Amendment Act Comes Into Effect From Jan. 10

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The Centre on Friday announced that the Citizenship Amendment Act will come into force from Jan. 10.

In a gazette notification, the Union home ministry said the act under which non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship, will come into force from Jan. 10.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force," the notification said.

The Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by parliament on Dec. 11.

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According to the Citizenship Amendment Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till Dec. 31, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

There have been widespread protests against the act in different parts of the country.

Those who are opposed to the legislation are saying that it is for the first time that India will grant citizenship on the basis of religion which violates the basic tenets of the country's constitution.

However, the government and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has been defending the act saying that the minority groups from the three countries have no other option but to come India when they face religious persecution there.

The home ministry, however, is yet to frame the rules for the act.

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