Amid massive protests in Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on December 9th, 2019.
Widespread protests have been reported across the state against what many of the agitators claimed the Bill will nullify a decades-old accord aimed at stemming illegal immigration.
The Bill, which seeks to amend the six-decade-old Citizenship Act, 1955, aims to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan who are presently facing hardships and difficulties in acquiring citizenships.
Under the provisions of the law, any person belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian community from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who entered into the Indian territory on or before December 31st, 2014 and has been exempted by the Central Government by or under clause (c) of sub-section (2) of section 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 or from the application of the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1964, shall not be treated as illegal migrant.
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