The government informed Lok Sabha that the rules of CAA are under preparation
14 months after passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the government on Tuesday informed Lok Sabha that the rules of CAA are under preparation. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said that the CAA was notified on December 12, 2019, and it came into force with effect from January 10, 2020, and got an extension from Subordinate Committees of Legislation of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha up to April 9 and July 9. This clearly means that the Centre wanted to implement CAA only after the crucial assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam.
“The Rules under The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 are under preparation. The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have granted an extension of time up to April 9 and July 9, respectively to frame these rules under the CAA,” said Rai in a written reply.
The government failed to curb the more than 100 days long roadblock protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, which ultimately resulted in the Delhi riots in February 2020 leading to 57 deaths and 1000s injured.
Why the delay?
So why is the Narendra Modi Government delaying such a simple job of preparing rules for CAA even after passing the Act 14 months ago with much fanfare? What prevents the Home Ministry under Amit Shah from preparing the rules of CAA? Are they fearing any foreign pressure? Instead of answering the reasons for the delay Modi and Shah are keeping a loud silence. As per norms, the rules must be made within six months of passing an Act. Does the Modi regime think that it is not accountable to the Parliament?
CAA was passed in Dec 2019
The CAA, which facilitates granting of Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities – Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian – of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was passed by Parliament in December 2019, triggering protests in different parts of the country. The President had given his assent to the legislation on December 12, 2019.
Under the Act, people from these communities who had come to India till December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution in the three countries will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. After the CAA was passed by Parliament, widespread protests were engineered in across the country by pro-Jehadi organizations. The government failed to curb the more than 100 days long roadblock protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, which ultimately resulted in the Delhi riots in February 2020 leading to 57 deaths and 1000s injured.
The manual on Parliamentary work states that “statutory rules, regulations and bye-laws will be framed within a period of six months from the date on which the relevant statute came into force.” It also states that in case the ministries and departments are not able to frame the rules within the prescribed period of six months, “they should seek an extension of time from the Committee on Subordinate Legislation stating reasons for such extension”, which cannot be more than for a period of three months at a time. Here the question is why the Modi regime not making the rules of CAA and delaying, which none know why the delay.
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